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Stop Administrative Detention – Campaign Overview

Time to Stop Administrative Detention
On 17 April 2013, Addameer Association will launch a global campaign to Stop Administrative Detention, a form of detention without charge or trial.
Administrative detainees are arrested by the Israeli Occupying Forces on the basis of Military Order 1226 – the order which empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to six months if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.” On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed. This process can be continued indefinitely. There is no explicit limit for a maximum amount of time an individual may be detained, leaving room for indefinite detention. Detainees are not informed of the reasons of their detention; neither are their lawyers. Click here for more background on Israel's practice of administrative detention.
Addameer’s campaign to Stop Administrative Detention calls for:
  • an end to Israel’s practice of administrative detention
  • an immediate release of all administrative detainees


Here are a few practical actions that you can take to support administrative detainees and voice your outrage to continuous imprisonment without trial.
  • Write messages of solidarity to Palestinian administrative detainees.
POSTAL ADDRESS: Ofer Prison, Givat Zeev, P.O. Box 3007, via Israel
POSTAL ADDRESS: Ketziot Prison, P.O. Box 13, 84102 0, Israel
POSTAL ADDRESS: Hasharon Prison, Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7, 40 330, Israel
  • Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities, demanding that administrative detainees 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

Letters can also be addressed to:
  • Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu
    Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister
    3, Kaplan Street, PO Box 187
    Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem, Israel
    Fax: +972- 2-651 2631
    Email: pm_eng@pmo.gov.il
  • Mr Menachem Mazuz
    Attorney General
    Fax: + 972 2 627 4481; + 972 2 628 5438; +972 2 530 3367
  • Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit
    Military Judge Advocate General
    6 David Elazar Street
    Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Fax:  +972 3 608 0366, +972 3 569 4526
    Email: arbel@mail.idf.il, avimn@.idf.gov.il
    Salutation: Dear Judge Advocate General


  • Write to 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 at the following link:


  • Write to the International Bar Association (IBA) and ask 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.
    Letters of concern should be addressed to Ms. Fiona Paterson, Director of the Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association.

Fiona Paterson, Director
Human Rights Institute
International Bar Association
10th Floor
1 Stephen St
London, W1T 1AT
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 6868
E-mail: fiona.paterson@int-bar.org
Fax: +44 (0)20 7691 6544
Website:  www.ibanet.org
Please cc, the Human Rights Institute general email: hri@int-bar.org

  • Write also to representatives of the European Union urging the EU to pressure Israel to release administrative detainees and to put an end to such an unjust, arbitrary and cruel 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 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: +32 2 281 61 90
Email: riina.kionka@consilium.europa.eu
The Commissioner for External Affairs and European Neighbourhood Policy
H.E. Ms. Benita Ferrero- Waldner

Email: relex-enpinfo@ec.europa.eu
Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure Israel to release administrative detainees and to put an end to such an unjust, arbitrary and cruel system of incarceration without trial.
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