Statement issued by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club on the occupation’s prevention of attorney’s visits to detainees in Israeli prisons

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Statement issued by the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club on the occupation’s prevention of attorney’s visits to detainees in Israeli prisons

June 6, 2024

Ramallah- The Commission if Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs and the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club stated that the prisons’ administration escalated in issuing orders preventing attorneys working in human rights organizations and those who work in detainees’ affairs organizations from visiting detainees under feeble claims , such as transmitting letters from detainees’ families to their sons.

The Commission and the Club emphasized in a joint statement that the occupation has issued prevention orders against two lawyers who conduct visits to detainees. Therefore, the department of legal affairs filed a petition to the supreme court of the occupation, but the court has rejected the petition. This rejection, which was expected in the light of the general tendencies of the occupation, indicates that the occupation authorities strive to impose more restrictions on lawyers and legal teams.

The Commission and the Club stated that this escalation aims at imposing the policy of isolation to commit more crimes against detainees, after imposing unprecedented systemic retaliatory measures since the beginning of genocide. These measures are represented in practicing the policy of torture, in addition to starvation and deprivation of their rights. Despite the fact that 8 months of war and genocide have passed, the occupation authorities pursued in the same level of procedures.

Obstacles imposed on lawyers’ visits and prevention orders constituted a form of systematic measures used by the occupation authorities against detainees, and an extension to a historical policy which reached its peak in the current stage.

The Commission and the Club confirmed that what had happened in the recent months, particularly since the beginning of the war, against lawyers is a serious issue, where several lawyers were subjected to humiliation and threats during their visits to detainees, in addition to procrastination in scheduling visits and in bringing detainees to the visits’ room, which is conducted under high level of supervision and complicated procedures, and attacks against detainees during their transfer to visits.
The Israeli Knesset approved the first reading of a draft law preventing those who are detained during the war, from communicating lawyers, in a new step to consolidate their crimes against detainees and depriving them of their basic rights.

It is worth mentioning that legal teams have conducted more than 980 visits to different prisons, despite the obstacles they face, particularly in (Negev, Remon and Nafaha) prisons.
It is also worth noting that 30 lawyers have been arrested since the beginning of war.

The Commission and the Club call on human rights organizations to fulfill their obligations towards detainees and protect the work of legal teams in Palestine, that were targeted in the past few years by military orders.