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Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Further information: Circus performer detained for 554 days in Israel: Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

On 12 June, Ofer Military Court, in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah, renewed the administrative detention order of Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha for three months. The Palestinian circus performer and teacher has been detained without charge or trial since 14 December 2015.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6498/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Palestinian university professor in detention: Ahmad Qatamesh

An Israeli military judge confirmed a three-month administrative detention order against Ahmad Qatamesh on 13 June. The Palestinian academic was arbitrarily detained under an administrative order issued on 17 May. He has been held since 14 May without charge or trial in Ofer prison. Ahmad Qatamesh is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6485/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Atalya Ben Abba refuses to serve in the Israeli military, gets sentenced to a further 30 days in military detention

On 6 February this year I refused to join the Israeli army in defiance of Israel’s policy of conscription. That day, as expected, I was sent to military prison. My objection to serving in the army is grounded in reasons of conscience; I believe that in order to bring security to all people in Israel and Palestine, government policy must change and the occupation must end. When I was a child I would often wander the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem with my mother.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners

Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza in prisons inside Israel and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike beginning next week to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day on 17 April. Testimonies gathered by the organization from family members and  Palestinian prisoners detained in the Israeli prison system shed light on the suffering endured by families who in some cases have been deprived from seeing their detained relatives for many years.

Date:
13 April 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel: Detention of Palestinian journalist on hunger strike without charge ‘unjust and cruel’

The Israeli authorities’ administrative detention of Muhammed al-Qiq, a Palestinian journalist is unjust and cruel, said Amnesty International after a military judge approved an order confirming his detention for three months, which can be renewed indefinitely. Muhammed al-Qiq, who was placed in solitary confinement following his arrest, has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest at his detention.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Palestinian detained without charge on day of release from 14 year prison sentence

The Israeli authorities must charge or release Bilal Kayed, who they placed under administrative detention on the day he was due to be released after serving a 14 and a half year sentence in prison, Amnesty International said today. Kayed went on hunger strike on 15 June 2016 in protest at his detention without charge or trial, and since then has taken only water and some minerals; he is now in poor health.

Date:
12 August 2016
Ref:
MDE 15/4655/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Human rights defender administratively detained: Hasan Ghassan Ghaleb Safadi

Israeli authorities arrested Palestinian human rights defender Hasan Ghassan Ghaleb Safadi on 1 May. He was due to be released on bail on 10 June but he has been placed under a six-month administrative detention, despite his parents paying the bail to the court. The detention order was confirmed on 28 June.

Date:
4 July 2016
Ref:
MDE 15/4376/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel renews detention without charge of Palestinian circus performer for further six months

The Israeli military today renewed for six months the detention of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, who has been held without charge since his arrest in December 2015, in a case that exemplifies the authorities’ arbitrary and repressive use of administrative detention, said Amnesty International. Mohammad Abu Sakha performs as a clown and teaches at the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit, near Ramallah, where he specializes in working with children with learning difficulties.

Date:
13 June 2016
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israeli Government must cease intimidation of human rights defenders, protect them from attacks

The Israeli authorities must end their long-standing attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders (HRDs) and halt the climate of intimidation of HRDs in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. Israeli authorities must take immediate steps to provide protection necessary for HRDs in Israel/OPT to carry out their work freely and without fear of attacks and harassment.

Date:
12 April 2016
Ref:
MDE 15/3824/2016