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                  inherit;">London, Ramallah and New York, 04 January
                  2016 -</strong> 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.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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<a moz-do-not-send="true"
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                  text-decoration: none;" title="">[1]</a> 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.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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 territory.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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.    </span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">LPHR, Addameer and NLG submitted
                a complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur for Human
                Rights Defenders in <a moz-do-not-send="true"
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                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.</span><br>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p>
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            <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong style="margin: 0px;
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                  (LPHR)</strong></span><span style="font-size:14px;"><br>
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href="http://addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=81&qid=24734"
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                  text-decoration: none;">LPHR</a> is a lawyer-based
                legal charity in the United Kingdom that works on legal
                projects aimed at protecting and advancing Palestinian
                human rights.</span>
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                  Rights Association (Addameer)</strong></span><span
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                  text-decoration: none;">Addameer</a> is a Palestinian
                non-governmental, civil institution that works to
                support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli
                and Palestinian prisons.</span>
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                  text-decoration: none;">NLG</a> 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.</span>
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            <span class="extended-address">Sebat Bldg.</span><br>
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        Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136<br>
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