Amnesty tells Israel End detentions without trial

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The report, entitled ‘Starved of Justice: Palestinians Detained Without Trial by Israel,” lists torture and inadequate medical treatment in prison among violations it says are associated with the practice.“Israel has a duty to uphold due process and fair trial rights, and to take effective action to end torture and other ill-treatment of detainees,” said Sanjeev Bery of Amnesty.The practice drew attention recently when Palestinian prisoners went on a hunger strike to protest against it. Two men, Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab, were on hunger strike for more than 70 days. Both are members of Islamic Jihad, a violent Palestinian militant group that has killed hundreds of Israelis and maimed many more in suicide bombings, shootings and other attacks.Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev denied the allegations of torture, saying it is forbidden in Israel, and said that prisoners are treated well and receive good medical care.Under administrative detention, Israel can keep some prisoners in custody for months _ even years _ without charges. Israel has defended it as a necessary tool to stop militant activity.“Amnesty International is calling for an end to the practice and the immediate release of all administrative detainees unless they are legitimately charged with an internationally recognized crime and tried according to fair trial standards,” the report said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more