Every year in Palestine people marked April 17th as Palestinian Prisoners Day. In 2008, Rory McCarthy, The Guardian's Jerusalem correspondent, estimated that one-fifth of the population of Palestine has at one time been imprisoned since 1967--and the number of people in prison continues to grow.
Furthermore, there are two different systems of justice for people who are of Arab descent and of Jewish descent operating in the Occupied territories and Palestine. The former are tried in military courts, and the latter have access to civil courts.
According to Addameer, a human rights organization that works with Palestinian prisoners, in May 2015 there were 6000 palestinian prisoners, 454 of whom were held as administrative detainees. Administrative detainees are held without any trial. Please click here to read more from Addameer and to join the campaign against administrative detention.
Currently, 17 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council are imprisoned, many of them for doing their job in their consitutencies. One such political leader is Khalida Jarrar, who until today was not charged and held as an administrative detainee. Click here to support justice for Khalida and listen to her speak about administrative detention.
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