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27th Sep 2013

5,200 Palestinians including 20 children imprisoned by Israel

2,436 Palestinians have been kidnapped by Israeli Defense Force since the start of 2013, taking the toll of those held by Israel to 5,200, according to statistics from the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees.

146 of them are held under arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

Israel is holding captive 220 children, including 42 under 16, 13 elected legislators, and 13 women. The longest serving female detainee is Lina Jrabouni who was sentenced to 17 years in April 2002.

The official also stated that there are 520 detainees who have been sentenced to at least one life term, and that detainee Abdullah Barghouthi was sentenced to 67 life terms and additional 250 years.

There are currently 78 detainees who have been imprisoned since before the first Oslo Agreement of May 4 1994, including 23 detainees who have been imprisoned for over 25 years. The longest serving detainees are Karim Younis and Maher Younis; both were kidnapped 31 years ago, and Issa Abed-Rabbo, who was kidnapped 29 years ago.

 

Bahrain forces detain, ill-treat children

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Bahraini security forces regularly “detain children” and subject them to “ill-treatment” that may amount to torture for involvement in anti-regime protests.

HRW said in a report on Sept 15 that children are often being held in detention for long periods and subjected to beatings and threats of torture, like adult detainees.

“Rounding up kids, throwing them in jail and beating and threatening them is no way for a country to treat its children,” Joe Stork, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa Director said.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights says it has recorded 22 incidents in which children were detained since August 21.

 

Clinton received $500K jewelry from Saudi king

Frmr US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was given a $500,000 worth of diamond and ruby jewelry by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, $58k worth from Brunei and a $560 bottle of cognac from Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

The gifts were among a treasure trove handed to US leaders in 2012, the State Dept disclosed on Aug 29.

 

Brazilians to meet Snowden on US spying

Brazilian legislators plan to visit Russia in a bid to meet with American whistleblower Edward Snowden over National Security Agency’s spying on Brazil.

Brazilian lower parliamentary House Committees on Foreign Relations and Defense announced in a statement that the lawmakers intend to dispatch a delegation to Moscow in an effort to hold talks with Snowden on NSA’s surveillance of Brazilian targets, RIA Novosti reported on Sept 12, citing Latin American press reports.

 

UAE detainees on hunger strike

18 jailed UAE nationals are on hunger strike in protest at what they say is ill-treatment following their conviction of plotting to overthrow the Govt, an activist said on Sept 5.

At least two of the detainees had to be hospitalised.

The detainees are among the “UAE 94” tried in a crackdown on political dissent in the UAE in the past year. “They are living on dates, water and juice only,” the activist said, with some on strike since July 31. A UAE court in July convicted and jailed 61 of the “UAE 94,” a group of doctors, academics, lawyers, judges and other professionals who have were accused of plotting a coup.

 

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