[Ppnews] Addameer Offices Raided by Israeli Occupying Forces This Morning
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Tue Dec 11 10:27:37 EST 2012
BREAKING: Addameer Offices Raided by Israeli Occupying Forces This
At 3 am this morning, 11 December 2012, the Addameer Prisoner Support
and Human Rights office was raided by the Israeli Occupation Forces
(IOF). Four laptops, one hard disk and a video camera were taken among
other materials. The IOF destroyed the office; desks, ransacked filing
cabinets and files and scattered files around the office. At this
moment, we are not clear as to what has been confiscated, but in the
coming days we will know more about the level of destruction and damage.
This is the first raid by the IOF since 2002, when the Addameer office
was raided during the invasion of Ramallah.
The offices of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committee and the
Palestinian NGO Network were also raided and ransacked last night.
Addameer condemns this attack on human rights and civil society
organizations, and sees it as an attempt to cripple solidarity with the
/12 / The Israeli Occupation Forces raided three non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) in Ramallah at 3 am this morning, including
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Five computers
and a camera were stolen from Addameer, as well as a number of legal
files, pictures and posters of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike.
Ironically, this attack coincides with the 64^th anniversary of the
ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Addameer believes that this brutal assault is part of the constant
targeting of the association's staff and mission to defend Palestinian
political prisoners. Since 2002, Addameer has been subjected to raids
and attacks and arrest campaigns of staff members in past years. Most
recently, Addameer's researcher, Ayman Nasser, was detained on 15
October 2012 and is charged for supporting Palestinian prisoners and
detainees and calling for their freedom. Similarly, in midst of the
prisoners' hunger strike between 17 September and 13 October 2011, the
IOF issued an arbitrary order that bans Addameer's chairperson
Abdullatif Ghaith from entering the West Bank, a ban that is still in
The work of Addameer's lawyers was hindered by the Israeli Prison
Service (IPS) during the past two years and during the hunger strikes,
as two lawyers have been repeatedly banned from visiting Palestinian
detainees in Israeli prisons. In addition, and as part of the
occupation's ways to restrict Addameer's work, the IOF banned a number
of Addameer's staff from travelling for "security" reasons, which
severely restricts our ability to attend international events and
speaking tours to provide a voice for Palestinian prisoners rights in
the international arena.
Addameer believes that these ongoing attacks aim to destroy the
legitimacy of non-governmental organizations, and by disregarding our
status as human rights defenders, raiding and ransacking resources and
arresting staff members, they delegitimize human rights work and
normalize the attacks on our offices. We see a similar trend in the
attacks on the Gaza Strip in November 2012, where the international
protection and immunity of journalists was denied and they became
legitimate targets for the IOF.
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reiterates its
firm commitment to support the Palestinian detainees and prisoners
rights at any cost, as Addameer's researcher Ayman Nasser proclaimed in
the military court: "I will support the prisoners' issue even if the
cost is my freedom."
Click here for photos of the aftermath of the raid
We will provide more information in the coming hours as the situation
develops. Follow our Twitter <https://twitter.com/Addameer_ps> account
at @addameer_ps and ourFacebook
for the latest news.
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