Free Ameer Makhoul - Free Political Prisoners
Ameer Makhoul, director of the Israeli Palestinian human rights NGO, Ittijah, was arrested by the Israeli Shin Bet in the dead of night. His home was ransacked, computers taken, he cannot consult with an attorney for two days. He is under detention for six days under which the authorities do not have to produce any reason for his arrest.
ADDAMEER: Stop Administrative Detention Campaign
ime to Stop Administrative Detention
On 26 March 2009, Addameer Association launched a global campaign to Stop Administrative Detention, a form of detention without charge or trial. Administrative detainees are arrested by the Israeli Occupying Forces on the basis of Military Order 1226 â€“ the order which empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to six months if they have â€śreasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.â€ť On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed. This process can be continued indefinitely. There is no explicit limit for a maximum amount of time an individual may be detained, leaving room for indefinite detention. Detainees are not informed of the reasons of their detention; neither are their lawyers.
Addameerâ€™s campaign to Stop Administrative Detention calls for:
* the end of Israelâ€™s practice of administrative detention
* an immediate release of all administrative detainees
Addameer: PRISONER AT RISK
At present, almost 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners remain in Israeli prisons. While it is impossible to fully document the violations these prisoners have endured, it is vital that the voices of forgotten prisoners are magnified to illustrate the vast range and types of dangers that they are exposed to every day. The Prisoners at Risk campaign aims to highlight those cases that receive little public attention yet raise grave concern and require urgent action. They include prisoners suffering from serious diseases at risk of further deterioration as a consequence of medical neglect; prisoners at risk of indefinitely renewable detention without charge or trial; human rights defenders at risk of repeated arbitrary detention in an effort to quell their non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation; and prisoners at risk of torture because of their persistent refusal to be silent about their ill-treatment. â€śThis campaign, and its focus on the mobilization of international civil society, is absolutely essentialâ€ť, says Sahar Francis, director of Addameer, â€śbecause the failure of peace talks, including Oslo, to resolve the prisoner issue has amply demonstrated that without intense external pressure, Israel will never abide by international human rights and humanitarian law.â€ť
Addameer inaugurates the campaign with Ayed Dudeen, a father of six who has spent the majority of the past 19 years in Israeli prison. For three and a half years now, Ayed has been held without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence, stripped of his most basic right to due process. For further information about Ayedâ€™s case, please read his detailed profile and follow updates on his detention on Facebook.
Take action today on behalf of the Prisoners at Risk by joining our campaign and calling for Ayedâ€™s immediate release.
* Use our template letter to the Israeli authorities to call for Ayedâ€™s immediate and unconditional release;
* Write to your own government and representatives to call on them to pressure Israel to release Ayed (if you are a EU citizen, you can use our template letter to members of the European Parliament);
* Organize a vigil or a demonstration to call for Ayedâ€™s release;
* Write to Ayed in prison (postal address: Ketziot Prison, P.O. Box 13, 841020, Israel);
* Show your support by following Ayed on Facebook.
In doing so, you will be joining members of international civil society presently mobilizing for Palestinian prisoners on this occasion. A demonstration has already taken place in front of the European Parliament on 15 April calling for the release of all prisoners, and a number of demonstrations and other events are also planned by Addameer partner solidarity groups in France, Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Please remember to inform us of any action you take in Ayedâ€™s case by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting about it on Ayedâ€™s Facebook page or the Prisoners at Risk page.
International Campaign against Residency Revocation
The Coalition for Jerusalem and the Palestinian Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (including the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center- JLAC) have initiated a new campaign concerning the protection of residency rights of Jerusalemites. The campaign seeks to collectively benefit Palestinian residents of Jerusalem whose rights to reside and lead a normal life in the city are threatened or violated by Israeli authorities. The overall objective is to inhibit, halt, or reverse Israelâ€™s revocation of residency rights of Palestinians from Jerusalem. The campaign also seeks to increase awareness of Israeli breaches of Palestinian residency rights; recruit an international counter position to these policies; document cases of ID revocation and conduct research into their political, economic, social and physiological impact; and coordinate the efforts of human rights and civil society organizations. The campaign will conduct the following activities:
- Organize a workshop for legal activists
- Conduct research on the impacts of these policies
- Hold press conferences
- Organize seminars
- Demonstrate special cases
- File a domestic legal case on behalf of the victims of this policy, and â€“ if conditions are appropriate â€“ file an international lawsuit.