Dáil debates

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Human Rights

10:30 pm

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

When a democratic state arrests and detains someone, it is required to charge the person, present its evident in an open trial, allow for a full defence and try to persuade an impartial judiciary of its obligations beyond a reasonable doubt. Administrative detention, as the Minister is well aware, in contrast allows a state to arrest and detain a person without charge, without a trial, without knowing the evidence against him or her and without a fair judicial review.

In violation of international law, more than 600 Palestinians, including in excess of 160 minors, are being held by Israel based on secret evidence and are being for renewable six-month periods. In response to a previous question, the Minister said that the UN Security Council would hold any other country to account for breaking international law to the same standard as Russia. In that light, what actions are being taken by the international community, including the UN Security Council, to hold Israel to account?


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