|AJC Welcomes Israeli High Court Decision on Detention of Asylum Seekers, Migrants |
17, 2013 – New York – AJC praised Israel’s High Court of Justice ruling that
prolonged administrative detention of refugees and asylum seekers without trial
Court’s unanimous decision reinforces Israel’s democratic and universal values,
and strengthens compliance with its international law obligations towards
refugees and asylum seekers,” said E. Robert Goodkind, Chair of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein
Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights.
ordered the release over the next 90 days of some 1,750 asylum seekers and
migrants currently detained under the unconstitutional law, following an
individual examination of each case.
landmark decision can promote constructive dialogue in Israel surrounding the
universal rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from Africa. It
should encourage an end to any discourse about this group that may prompt
violence,” said Marion Bergman, Chair of AJC’s Africa Institute. AJC has
previously condemned such violence as “totally unacceptable.”
Israel has become a
favored destination for asylum seekers and migrants from Africa, primarily from
Eritrea and Sudan. Approximately 55,000 now live in Israel. Israel’s
completion of a fence along the border with Egypt has led to a significant
decrease in the arrival of new asylum seekers and migrants from Africa in 2013.
AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute and AJC’s Africa Institute have encouraged and
supported strategic legal interventions, advocacy and programs to strengthen
Israel’s asylum policy and system. The Jacob Blaustein Institute provided
grants to one petitioner – the Tel Aviv University’s Refugee Rights Clinic –
twice in recent years.
active in the drafting of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and was among the early
signers of its 1967 Protocol.
Date: 9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM