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Palestinian Authority: Prisoner of conscience / legal concern: Fathi Subuh

, Índice: MDE 21/003/1997

Amnesty International is calling for the release of prisoner of conscience Fathi Subuh, a 43-year-old lecturer in education at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, who was arrested by members of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service on 2 July 1997. He is currently being detained incommunicado and without charge at an unknown location and has reportedly gone on hunger-strike in protest against his detention. He is believed to have been arrested for his criticism of the university management and the Palestinian Authority.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 21/03/97
UA 205/97 Prisoner of conscience/Legal concern 10 July 1997
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITYFathi Sabah, 43, lecturer in education at Al-Azhar
University in Gaza
On 2 July 1997 Fathi Subuh, a lecturer in education at Al-Azhar University
in Gaza, was arrested by members of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service.
He is being held in incommunicado detention in an unknown place and has been
denied access to his lawyer and his family. He has apparently not been charged
with any offence.
According to the 1924 Criminal Procedure Ordinance which governs arrest
procedures in Gaza, Fathi Subuh should have been brought before a magistrate
within 48 hours of arrest. He has reportedly gone on a hunger strike protesting
against his arrest. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of
conscience.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
It is believed that Fathi Subuh was arrested for including critical questions
about the management of Al-Azhar University and the Palestinian Authority in
the final examinations at the university. Fathi Subuh is known to be a critic
of the way the university is run.
The Security Service has confirmed his arrest but said that he was being detained
for security reasons and denied that his arrest had anything to do with his
university work.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
Arabic, English or your own language:
- stating that you consider Fathi Subuh to be a prisoner of conscience, detained
solely for his alleged critical attitude towards the Palestinian Authority;
- urging that Fathi Subuh be granted immediate access to his family and lawyer
and to a doctor of his choice;
- calling for his immediate and unconditional release if he is not promptly
charged with a recognizable criminal offense and tried before a court which
meets international standards for fair trials.
APPEALS TO:
President Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Authority
Al-Muntada
Gaza, Palestinian Authority
Faxes: +972-7-822365 (ask to send a fax)
Telegrams: President Arafat, Palestinian Authority, Gaza
Salutation: Dear President Arafat
Minister of Justice Mr Freih Abu Meddein
Ministry of Justice
Abu Khadra Building
Omar al-Mukhtar Street
Gaza, Palestinian Authority
Faxes: +972-7-822236
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Palestinian Authority, Gaza
Salutation: Dear Minister
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COPIES TO:
The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights (PICCR)
Omar Mukhtar Street, Al-Shawwa Building
Gaza
Palestinian Authority
Fax: +972-7-824438
and to diplomatic representatives of Palestinian Authority accredited to your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 21 August 1997.

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