Michael Riordon

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Petition: End administrative detention

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Khader Adnan’s health is extremely precarious, but Israel will continue to hold him in prison until April 17, under the barbaric practice called administrative detention.

At present 308 other Palestinians are imprisoned in the same way.   One has been held for over five years.  24 are elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.  None of them has been charged with any crime.

Amnesty International has launched a petition to demand that Israel ends administrative detention, which clearly violates international law, and immediately releases Khader Adnan and any other prisoner not charged and tried for an internationally recognizable crime “in full conformity with international fair trial standards.”

Adnan’s hunger strike is unlikely to change Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, and neither is this petition.  But both serve to draw wider attention to the cruelty and illegality of the military occupation, and to remind the Israeli authorities that world-wide, people are watching.  It also reminds Palestinians that, as long as our governments grant carte blanche to Israel, they do not speak for us.

The petition is here.

Please take action.  And please pass this message on to others.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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