Act now: Palestinian activist arrested after Facebook post

Issa Amro

UPDATE 10 September 2017 - Issa Amro has been released on bail by the Palestinian authorities. More to follow.

UPDATE 7 September 2017 - In a closed hearing today, the Hebron district court extended Issa Amro's detention for four days and charged him with disturbing 'public order' under the recently-adopted Electronic Crimes Law, as well as 'causing strife' and 'insulting the higher authorities'.

On Monday 4 September, prominent Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro was arrested by the country’s security forces. The reason? He was critical on Facebook about the arrest of a radio journalist by the Palestinian authorities and has been charged with insulting the president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Issa has his court hearing tomorrow. Join us in urging the Palestinian authorities to let him go by tweeting this at them:

.@president_abbas Release Issa Amro immediately and unconditionally, and stop harassing those who dare to speak their minds! #StandWithIssa

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.@PalestinePMO Freedom of expression is NOT a crime. Release Issa Amro immediately and unconditionally. #StandWithIssa

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Shameless attack on freedom of expression

Issa Amro’s arrest by the Palestinian authorities is a shameless attack on freedom of expression. 

He is also being targeted by the Israeli authorities for organising protests against settlements in occupied Palestinian territories and other human rights violations that stem from Israel’s 50-year occupation. 

Freedom of expression is not a crime, yet we have seen an alarming escalation in the Palestinian authorities’ clampdown on freedom of expression in recent months.

Stop harassing human rights defenders

We are calling on the Palestinian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Issa Amro and stop harassing and intimidating activists and others for daring to speak their minds. We are also calling on the Israeli authorities to drop all their charges against him. 

Ahead of Issa’s court hearing tomorrow, take action by tweeting the Palestinian authorities now:

.@president_abbas Release Issa Amro immediately and unconditionally, and stop harassing those who dare to speak their minds! #StandWithIssa

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.@PalestinePMO Freedom of expression is NOT a crime. Release Issa Amro immediately and unconditionally. #StandWithIssa

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It is unacceptable that the Palestinian authorities are continuing to step up their efforts to quash dissenting voices. They must stop harassing and intimidating activists and others for daring to speak their minds freely.

 

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