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Israel: Detention Without Charge

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 30 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made representations to the Government of Israel about the case of Mr Ziyad Muhammad Shehadeh Hmeidan, a field worker for the Al-Haq organisation, arrested on 23 May 2005 and since detained without charge, in Ansar III detention centre; and, if not, whether they will do so. [HL280]

We have not made any representations to the Government of Israel concerning Mr Ziyad Muhammad Shehadeh Hmeidan. However, we continue to monitor the situation with regard to all Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention. We will continue to raise our concerns with the Israeli authorities.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) currently has access to Israeli prisons and detention centres in Israel and the West Bank. The ICRC monitors conditions in Israeli prisons on a regular basis. An official from our embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns about administrative detention with the Israeli prison service on 15 November.