Israel violates int’l rights law: HRW
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:10AM
“Subjecting irregular border-crossers to potential indefinite detention without charge or access to legal representation would violate the prohibition against arbitrary detention under international human rights law,” he added.On June 3, Tel Aviv announced that migrants who illegally crossed into Israel could face a detention of up to three years. African migrants have been the target of violent attacks by Israeli protesters in the past few weeks. “Israeli officials are not only adding rhetorical fuel to the xenophobic fire, but they now have a new law that punishes refugees in violation of international law,” the statement further read.
“The law should be amended immediately, and not enforced until necessary revisions are made.”According to the Israeli interior ministry statistics, about 60,000 African immigrants, mainly from Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea, have entered Israel illegally. HSN/MA/HJL