High Court Ruling: A reduction in number of people housed per room in Holot detention center

By Hagai El-Ad, ACRIBy Hagai El-Ad, ACRI

The High Court of Justice accepted ACRI’s petition filed with partner organizations, stating that each room in Holot will house six people and not ten

The High Court of Justice accepted the petition of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the Hotline for Refugees and Immigrants, and the Refugee Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University (13.6.2017) to reduce the number of people housed in each room at the Holot detention facility. Although the outline plan for Holot determined that only six people could be housed in each room, in practice, the Prisons Service houses ten asylum seekers in each room. This has caused severe harm to the right to human dignity and privacy of those held in Holot.

 

“The State has repeatedly claimed that Holot is not a prison, but they treat detainees in the facility as prisoners and infringe on their rights … The ruling of High Court Judge Rubinstein allows for the preservation of the dignity of those held in Holot. These are human beings who are entitled to humane treatment, “stated Attorney Dan Yakir, ACRI’s Chief Legal Counsel.

 

To read more about ACRI’s petitions regarding Holot, click here

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