[Pnews] Administrative detention order issued against Addameer's field researcher Salah Hamouri
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Aug 29 10:15:36 EDT 2017
Addameer’s field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has
received a six months administrative detention order, which is set to
end on 22 February 2018. Initially, the Israeli Magistrate Court of
Jerusalem has ordered the conditional release of Hamouri though, less
than half an hour later, he was issued with the order.
According to the Court’s decision, Hamouri was going to be placed under
house arrest in Al-Reineh (a village in the north of the territories
occupied in 1948) for 20 days. He would also be banned from entering
Jerusalem and traveling outside of the country for 3 months, until 28
November 2017. Additionally, Hamouri had to pay a 10,000NIS bail and
third party guarantees, and when his family went to Al-Moskobyeh to pay
the bail, they were informed that Hamouri will not be released.
Salah Hamouri, 32, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former
Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hamouri was released in Wafa
al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli
occupation prisons. In addition, he was banned from entering the West
Bank by an Israeli military order until September 2016, and his wife
Elsa Lefort is currently banned from entering Palestine.
This arrest and decision is but one in a list of many, where the
occupying power has attempted to stifle the legitimate pursuit of
Palestinian human rights and basic dignity. For those who dare to speak
up against this oppressive colonial regime, arbitrary detainment awaits.
This case is not simply the arrest of an individual. It is part of a
systematic policy of disempowerment. The aim is to ensure that any work
to supporting the Palestinian quest for self-determination is punished
severely. The thinking goes that if enough are punished, and the weight
is too much to bear, the rest will be dismayed and accept the status
quo. They will be resigned to the fact that are part of a state
structure that treats them as subjects, who can be imprisoned and
stripped of the rights at will.
For human rights defenders, there are two choices. Give up on your
cause, or accept the life of constant punishment. It is not an easy
choice to make. Salah could easily leave, live in France, and have a
quiet life with his wife and child. Though, he stays as an example for
us all. He remains in to the place of his birth and struggles for those
who the occupation seeks to reduce from humans to subjects. For the
assertion that he, and the people he serves, are human, the occupation
ensures that he pays the price.
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reiterates its
call for Hamouri's immediate release, as his detention constitutes an
attack on Palestinian human rights defenders.
Addameer considers administrative detention to be a form of arbitrary
detention which amounts to psychological torture. As a result of being
held indefinitely without charge or trial, the detainee may develop a
psychological disorder, long-term depression, and chronic anxiety
associated with the element of unpredictability.
This practice of arbitrary detention is a grave violation of
international laws and human rights standards, particularly articles 78
and 72 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which state that an accused
individual has the right to defend himself. This also violates article
66 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the basic standards of fair trial.
Organizations, activists, and parliamentarians across France are
mobilizing to demand Hamouri's freedom once again and to pressure the
French government to take action on this case. Sign this petition
to French president Emanuel Macron and European officials demanding them
to act now.
*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association*
P. O. Box: 17338, Jerusalem
3 Edward Said Street
1st Floor, Suite 2
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Fax: +972 (0)2 296 0447
Email: info at addameer.ps
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