[Pnews] Joint Statement on the Appalling Sentencing of Leading Palestinian Human Rights Defender, Ms Khalida Jarrar

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Jan 4 10:26:02 EST 2016

*London, Ramallah and New York, 04 January 2016 -* Lawyers for 
Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), Addameer Prisoner Support and Human 
Rights Association (Addameer) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) are 
deeply appalled at the sentencing of leading Palestinian human rights 
defender, Ms Khalida Jarrar, to 15 months imprisonment by an Israeli 
military court on 7 December 2015. She was further fined 10,000 NIS and 
given a suspended sentence of 12 months within a 5 year period.

Ms Jarrar accepted a guilty plea on two of the 12 charges against her – 
membership in an illegal organisation and incitement to kidnap Israeli 
soldiers – despite her rejection of the merits of all charges. She 
reluctantly agreed the plea deal because she did not believe that the 
Israeli military court system – which has a reported[1] 
<http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=79&qid=24734> conviction 
rate of more than 99 per cent - would provide her with a fair trial. She 
was also aware that her sentence if convicted on all charges could range 
between 3.5 to 7 years.

When the military prosecutor offered the 15 month plea deal he insisted 
in maintaining the charge of incitement against Ms Jarrar despite 
arguments from her legal representatives that the trial, which had begun 
on 25 August 2015, demonstrated that the prosecution did not have 
reliable evidence to prove the charge. In relation to the charge of 
membership of an illegal organisation, the fundamental problem that 
confronted Ms Jarrar is that all Palestinian political parties are 
considered illegal according to Israeli military orders. It is against 
this outrageous context that Ms Jarrar felt compelled to accept the 
guilty plea in return for a reduced sentence.

Ms Jarrar will serve her 15 month imprisonment in Hasharon prison in 
Israel. This is despite the international law prohibition against the 
forcible transfer and detention of protected persons outside of occupied 

Ms Jarrar has been continuously imprisoned following her arrest at her 
home on 2 April 2015 at approximately 01:30am. The 12 charges 
subsequently issued against Ms Jarrar indicated that her arrest, 
detention and indictment by Israeli military authorities were as a 
direct result of her human rights advocacy work on behalf of prisoners’ 
rights, and for exercising her rights to freedom of expression and 
freedom of assembly.

Ms Jarrar is a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member and 
vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors of Addameer. She has been the 
head of the Prisoners Commission of the PLC since 2006, and in February 
2015 was appointed to the Palestinian National Committee for the 
follow-up of the International Criminal Court.

LPHR, Addameer and NLG submitted a complaint to the UN Special 
Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders in June 2015 
<http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=80&qid=24734> which 
detailed our very serious concerns that Ms Jarrar was being 
illegitimately targeted and punished by Israeli military authorities as 
a result of her significant work promoting and protecting the human 
rights of Palestinian prisoners.

We submitted that the arrest, detention, use of secret evidence and 
indictment of Ms Jarrar amounted to an illegitimate and grave 
interference with a range of fundamental rights under international 
human rights law. We further clarified that Ms Jarrar's peaceful work to 
promote, protect and realise human rights and fundamental freedoms means 
she is entitled to the human rights protections outlined in the United 
Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

LPHR, Addameer and NLG requests the UN Special Rapporteur for Human 
Rights Defenders make immediate contact with the government of Israel to 
protest Ms Jarrar's sentencing which resulted from a process that lacked 
basic respect for fundamental civil and political rights. When human 
rights defenders, such as Ms Jarrar, are unable to work because of 
arrest, detention or intimidation, they cannot properly protect people 
facing violations of their human rights.

*Contact information: *

*Tareq Shrourou, *LPHR, London* | *contact at lphr.org.uk 
<mailto:contact at lphr.org.uk>

*Rafat Sub Laban, *Addameer, Ramallah* | *rafat at addameer.ps 
<mailto:rafat at addameer.ps>

*About Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)*
<http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=81&qid=24734> is 
a lawyer-based legal charity in the United Kingdom that works on legal 
projects aimed at protecting and advancing Palestinian human rights.

*About Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer)*
<http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=82&qid=24734> is 
a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support 
Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.

*About National Lawyers Guild (NLG)*
<http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=83&qid=24734> is 
a non-governmental, public interest association based in the United 
States that works to protect civil liberties and human rights as 
afforded by international law.



*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association*

P. O. Box: 17338, Jerusalem
3 Edward Said Street
Sebat Bldg.
1st Floor, Suite 2
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Fax: +972 (0)2 296 0447

Email: info at addameer.ps
Website: www.addameer.org


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