Concern expressed over cruel, arbitrary detention by occupying powers of Israel and India against Palestinians, Kashmiris

Geneva : Aboudou Ramanou Ali, Member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, has expressed concern over the cruel, inhuman and grossly illegal arbitrary detention by the occupying powers of Israel and India against the occupied innocent Palestinians and Kashmiri Muslims.

Aboudou Ramanou Ali, addressing the ongoing 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, on behalf of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), said Israel and India routinely use administrative detention and has, over the years, placed thousands of Palestinians and Kashmiris behind the bars for periods ranging from several months to several years, without charging them or to allowing them engage with their lawyers.

He said according to figures published by the Israel Prison Service, in March 2023, Israel was holding 1,017 people in administrative detention, including children. Similarly, he said in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian forces have abused the Public Safety Act of 1978 to detain innocent civilians, including women and children and journalists and human rights defenders, on vague and arbitrary grounds on the apprehension that they may ‘likely’ commit an offence.

The lives of these prisoners and detainees are under serious threat because of the inhumane and unjust conditions imposed by the occupation authorities, which constitute serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws, he maintained.

The Commission, while reiterating its full support to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian and Kashmiri people, underscores the need to end the cruel and unjust practice of administrative detention which helps maintain a system of apartheid against Palestinians and Kashmiris, he concluded.

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