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Court strikes down Israeli detention law

September 16, 2013

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court has struck down a law that allowed authorities to imprison African migrants without charge for up to three years.

The law went into effect in June 2012, and Israel is now holding some 2,000 Africans, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, who reached the country since then.

In Monday’s ruling, the Supreme Court said the measure violated the migrants’ rights to dignity and liberty. The government has 90 days to review the cases of the prisoners.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would respect the decision. He vowed to find legally permissible ways to continue to block migrants seeking entry to Israel.

More than 50,000 Africans have entered Israel in recent years, escaping war or hardship or in search of jobs.

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