ADDAMEER URGENT APPEAL
Administrative Detention of Salwa Salah and Sara Siureh
Salwa Salah was born on the
Sara Siureh was born on the 20, November, 1991. On
Both girls are relatives (cousins) and one of the girls is still at school. The ISA claim that the girls are involved in militant activities. They were taken to Telmond Prison
and then taken to Ofer Prison where they were
interrogated for one hour. In the
interrogation they were asked about what they were doing and if they had any
relations with any political group. The
girls did not confess to anything. After
one hour the girls were taken back to Telmond where they spent a couple of days.
On the night before going to the
What is Administrative Detention?
The Israeli authorities can hold people in "administrative detention" without charge or trial, for as long as they wish. They have no intention of bringing such detainees to trial, saying they are a “security risk”. They do not inform the detainees or their lawyers how they have decided these detainees are a security risk. Administrative detention orders are issued by the Military Governor for terms of up to six months, and they are frequently renewed shortly before they expire. This process can be repeated over and over again. The mental suffering caused by not knowing the grounds for detention can amount to torture as defined under the UN Convention Against Torture and such lengthy detentions without charge or trial also constitute 'arbitrary detention' which are a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 9(1)) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 9). Currently, there are approximately 750 Palestinians now in administrative detention. Of these there are approximately 10 Palestinians under the age of 18 years old.
ACT NOW TO SUPPORT SALWA AND SARAH:
Register your outrage to imprisonment without trial. PLEASE WRITE to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities, demanding that Salwa and Sara be released immediately and that their administrative detention not be renewed. In particular letters should be addressed to Lt. Colonel Sharon Afek Legal Advisor to the Israeli Army in the West Bank Chief Military Attorney. P.O. Box 10482, Beit El, West Bank; Tel: 972-2-997-7071; Mobile: 972-50-551-1782; Fax: 972-2-997-7326. Fax: +972 2 997 7326
Please cc Addameer at email@example.com we can keep track of the letters of support.
Letters can also be addressed to:
Mr. Ehud Olmert
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street, PO Box 187
Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem
Fax: +972- 2-651 2631
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Mr Daniel Friedmann
Minister of Justice
Fax: + 972 2 628 7757; + 972 2 628 8618
Mr Menachem Mazuz
Fax: + 972 2 627 4481; + 972 2 628 5438; +972 2 530 3367
Mr Ehud Barak
Minister of Defense
Fax: +972 3 697 6218
PLEASE WRITE TO the International Bar Association (IBA), asking its members and Human Rights Institute to put pressure on the Israeli Bar Association to ensure that all subjects under Israeli jurisdiction be granted the basic principles of rule of law - transparent processes which do not allow for arbitrary justice or governance - to which the IBA's Human Rights Institute (HRI) claims to be dedicated to: "The HRI is now a leading voice in the promotion of the rule of law worldwide."
Please send your letters of concern to the Director of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, Fiona Paterson, and copy it the Chairs of the Council, Ambassador Emilio Cardenas (Argentina) and Justice Richard Goldstone (South Africa).
Director of Human Rights Institute
International Bar Association
London, W1T 1AT
Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 6868
Fax: +44 (0)20 7691 6544
PLEASE ALSO WRITE TO the European Union urging the EU to pressure Israel to release or charge all prisoners in Administrative Detention and to put an end to such an unjust, arbitrary and barbaric system of incarceration without trial.
Send your letters of appeal to:
Personal Representative for Human Rights (CFSP) of the EU Secretary General/
High Representative Javier Solana
Ms. Riina Kionka
175 Rue de la Loi BE 1048
Fax. : +32 2 281 61 90
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commissioner for External Affairs and European Neighbourhood Policy
HE Ms. Benita Ferrero- Waldner
Or send a comment via ec.europa.eu/external_relations/feedback/question2.htm
Israeli Embassies and Consulates in your own country
A directory of Israeli embassies can be found on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To access it, please go to the following link: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Sherut/IsraeliAbroad/Continents/
Below is a suggested draft of a letter that can be sent:
Dear Colonel Afek:
am writing with regards to the arrest of Salwa Salah and Sara Siureh on
Both girls are currently detained in Addamoun Prison inside
Under Article 78 of the Fourth
Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of
War, the administrative detention of persons is allowed ‘for imperative reasons
of security’. However, for many years
the system of administrative detention has been abused by
I would like to voice my opposition to the detention of Salwa Salah and Sara Siureh unless they are charged with a recognizable offence and immediately brought to justice in a fair trial according to international standards. Their continued detention is clearly not in their best interest, nor is it in accordance with the articles outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In the mean time, I urge you to allow Salwa and Sara to receive regular visits from their family members.
 Their Uncle was involved in the siege on the Church of the Nativity in 2002. However there was no indication from the Court that this was one of the reasons for their arrest.