Thursday, May 20, 2010

Israel Must End Detention of Human Rights Defender Ameer Makhoul and Cease Harassment of Organizations

  • Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  • Front Line, International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

The undersigned organisations today call on the Israeli authorities to immediately release Mr. Ameer Makhoul, a prominent human rights defender, and the Director of Ittijah - Union of Arab Community-Based Associations in Israel.

On 6 May 2010, at 03:10 a.m., 16 members of the Israeli General Security Services (GSS) and the Israeli police force raided the family home of Mr. Ameer Makhoul. During the raid Mr. Ameer Makhoul was detained; until last night he was held in incommunicado detention and denied fundamental due process rights, including access to his lawyer.

Previously, on 21 April 2010, the Israeli Ministry of the Interior had imposed a travel ban on Mr. Makhoul, preventing him from leaving Israel.

On 17 May 2010, the Petah Tikvah Magistrate Court extended Mr. Makhoul’s detention until 20 May. This court hearing was the first time that Mr. Makhoul was granted access to his lawyers. Previously, Mr. Makhoul had not been allowed to attend court hearing and on one occasion his wife was forcibly removed from the hearing for “obstructing the proceedings”.

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