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le 16 décembre, 2016


Les résidents et militants palestiniens de la ville d’Hébron, en Cisjordanie occupée, ont organisé une marche de protestation pacifique le 26 février 2016 pour marquer le 22e anniversaire de la fermeture de la rue Al-Shuhada et dénoncer la mise en place de mesures discriminatoires limitant les déplacements des Palestiniens dans la ville.

Pendant la manifestation, les forces israéliennes ont jeté des bombes sonores et tiré des gaz lacrymogènes sur les manifestants. L’avocat palestinien Farid al-Atrash a été arrêté et présenté à un tribunal militaire. Les forces israéliennes l’ont accusé d’avoir participé à une manifestation illégale et d’avoir attaqué des soldats, ce que contredisent des images vidéo de l’arrestation. Farid al-Atrash était en effet debout et tenait pacifiquement une affiche lorsqu’il a été poussé et violemment arrêté par les forces israéliennes.

Le 29 février, Issa Amro, coordinateur du groupe « Jeunesse contre les colonies » a également été arrêté par la police israélienne pour son rôle dans la manifestation du 26 février. Le 7 juin, il a été accusé de 18 chefs d’accusation différents alors que certaines accusations remontent à 2010. Issa Amro dément l’ensemble des accusations et allègue qu’il a été battu à deux reprises par la police israélienne lorsqu’il était en détention. Il a également été menacé et harcelé par l’armée, la police et les colons israéliens.


Iran/Kenya/Israel: Iranian Lawyers Released, Return Home from Kenya

December 15, 2016

بهرام قاسمی

Two Iranian lawyers who had been arrested in Kenya “because of a misunderstanding” have been released and returned home on Thursday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

After serious diplomatic interaction with Kenya, the misunderstanding was cleared up and the two Iranian citizens were released on Wednesday night, Qassemi said on Thursday, noting that the lawyers arrived in Iran this morning.

According to the spokesman, Iran launched serious efforts, employed a team of prominent local jurists and also dispatched a diplomatic delegation to the East African country to secure the release of the two lawyers.

He also thanked the Kenyan government and judicial authorities for their sincere cooperation on the issue.

Earlier this month, Qassemi said the two lawyers had gone to Kenya to provide their Iranian clients jailed in Kenya with legal counseling, but were arrested by police when they were returning from a meeting with the prisoners.

The two Iranians and their Kenyan driver “were found taking video clips of the Israeli embassy,” according to a charge sheet produced in court, media reports said.

The three men were in a car belonging to the Iranian embassy when they were arrested on November 29.



Kenya/Iran/Israel: Iran Urges Kenya to Release Citizens Held on Suspicion of Plotting Attack on Israeli Embassy

December 2, 2016

Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi and Abdolhosein Ghola Safafe are charged for taking video clips of the Israeli embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, December 1, 2016.

Iran urged Kenya on Friday to immediately release two Iranians charged with collecting information for a terrorist act after filming the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
The two Iranian nationals and their Kenyan driver were arrested in a car belonging to the Iranian Embassy on Tuesday. The diplomatic status of the two Iranians was unclear.
Tasnim reported that the Kenyan ambassador to Tehran was summoned on Thursday by Iran’s Foreign Ministry over the arrest and that the “necessity for the immediate release of the two Iranians was underlined during the meeting.”
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied any wrongdoing by the arrested men, saying they were university teachers in Tehran.
“The two Iranians are lawyers who had gone to Kenya to provide their jailed Iranian clients in Kenya with legal counseling,” spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. “Police arrested them as they returned from a meeting with their clients in prison.”


Israel: Take Action! – End Harassment Of Palestinian Human Rights Defender

November 29, 2016

Israeli authorities have their final chance to take forward the prosecution of Palestinian human rights defender Anas Barghouti at a hearing on 6 December. Arrested and bailed three years ago, he has had to attend a court hearing every three months since then, only for the case to be postponed each time. He is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison.

Anas Barghouti, 33, is a lawyer and human rights defender who was arrested by the Israeli authorities on 15 September 2013. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience at the time because his arrest was based solely on his peaceful work as a human rights defender, representing Palestinians detained by Palestinian security forces. The Israeli military prosecution charged him with “membership of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine” (PFLP), an organization which Israel has banned, and “leadership of a committee to organize demonstrations”. He denies both these charges. On 23 October 2013, a military judge ordered him released on bail because there was not sufficient evidence against him to consider him a security threat.


Take Action! – End Harassment Of Palestinian Human Rights Defender (Israel/OPT: UA 276/13)

Israel/Palestine: Imprisoned Palestinian-Swedish Lawyer Continues Hunger Strike For Fifth Day

April 29, 2016

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Friday, that a Palestinian Lawyer, who also holds a Swedish citizenship, declared hunger strike after Israeli soldiers kidnapped him five days ago.

The PPS said that the Lawyer, Majdi Safwat Yassin, 33, was kidnapped five days ago while crossing the al-Karama Border Terminal, on his way to Jordan.

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Following his abduction, Yassin declared a hunger strike to protest his illegal imprisonment, without charges.

It is worth mentioning that the detained lawyer also holds a Swedish citizenship. Yassin is from ‘Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Imprisoned Palestinian-Swedish Lawyer Continues Hunger Strike For Fifth Day

Israel: Shireen and Medhat Issawi sentenced by Israeli courts: Palestinian lawyers and legal workers targeted

March 7, 2016


Palestinian lawyer and activist Shireen Issawi was sentenced to four years in Israeli prison on Monday, 7 March, and her brother Medhat Issawi to eight years in the same hearing in the Jerusalem central court. Their hearings had been repeatedly postponed; each has already been imprisoned for two years.

Shireen Issawi, a prominent Palestinian lawyer and activist in her own right, was internationally visible as the spokesperson for the campaign to support her brother, Samer Issawi, during his lengthy hunger strike in 2012 and 2013, which won his freedom; freed from prison in the 2011 Wafa al-Ahrar exchange with the Palestinian resistance, he was accused of leaving Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries and thus violating a term of his release. After winning his freedom in 2013, he was re-arrested in June 2014 along with dozens of ex-prisoners, and had his original 26-year prison sentence reimposed. The release of all of these re-imprisoned Palestinians is a major demand of Palestinian political forces.

Shireen, 34, and Medhat, 40, were accused of communicating with and providing funds to Palestinian prisoners that they represented through their legal practice, the Al-Quds Office for Legal and Commercial Affairs, which served as a liasion between families – often denied visits – and Palestinian prisoners, and Israeli lawyers and Palestinian prisoners; they transferred money to prisoners on behalf of their families. The Issawis are Jerusalemites – Palestinian residents of Jerusalem whose identity cards allow them to travel more freely throughout Palestine and visit Palestinian prisoners.

Shireen and Medhat Issawi sentenced by Israeli courts: Palestinian lawyers and legal workers targeted




Israel: Arbitrary Detention of Mohammed Allan | LRWC Letter

November 9, 2015

Dear Minister, Excellency, Director-General, Justice,

Re: Arbitrary Detention of Mohammed Allan

We write on behalf of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), a non-governmental organization of volunteer lawyers and jurists dedicated to the promotion of international human rights and the rule of law through legal research, education, and advocacy on behalf of lawyers and other human rights defenders subject to persecution.

We are gravely concerned about the treatment of Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan, who was held in administrative detention from November 2014 until August 2015, and now again since 16 September. He is being held without charge and on the basis of evidence which has not been made available to him or his lawyers, contrary to Israel’s international law obligations.