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Palestine: Amnesty staff member detained and tortured by West Bank security forces

Responding to the arbitrary detention and beating during arrest of scores of demonstrators and bystanders, including Amnesty International staff member Laith Abu Zeyad, by Palestinian security forces, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research and Advocacy Director, said: “The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank revealed a dark underbelly of violence and dysfunction on Wednesday, when its security forces launched a vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters demonstrating against sanctions on Gaza. “Palestinian security officers, many in civilian clothes, assaulted and arres

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Urgent Action good news: Palestinian prisoner of conscience released

On 6 June, Palestinian activist and human rights defender, Munther Amira was released from Hadarim Prison in Israel.

2nd update on UA 26/18 issued 08/06/2018
May 16 2018 4:11PM
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Gaza shootings: 'another horrific example' of Israeli military using excessive force

Today's protests have come after weeks of similar protests in Gaza © JACK GUEZ/Getty Images
‘While some protesters may have engaged in some form of violence, this still does not justify the use of live ammunition’ - Philip Luther Responding to reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by the Israeli military during today’s protests along the fence separating Gaza and Israel, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research and Advocacy Director, said: “This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. “This is a violation of international standards, with Israeli fo

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Urgent Action good news: Israeli government stops forced deportations

The Israeli government has declared that it will not pursue forcible deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers

1st Update on UA 064/18 issued 08/05/2018

Giro d'Italia cycle race won't 'sportswash' Israel's human rights record

Israeli soldiers firing tear gas grenades on Palestinian protesters during Land Day protests on 30 March © JACK GUEZ/Getty Images
‘The Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel’s dismal human rights record is going to be in the spotlight’ - Kate Allen Ahead of the commencement of the Giro d’Italia national cycle race, which has its starting stage in Israel tomorrow, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said: “We’re not going to tell the Giro d’Italia organisers where they should and shouldn’t start the race, but the Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel’s dismal human rights record is going to be in the spotlight. “The authorities in Jerusalem may have thought that the glitz of Giro d’Italia might have a ‘s

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Celebration of Palestinian culture to mark 70 years of dispossession (RADA, London, 14-20 May)

The week of drama, music and politics comes against a backdrop of serious violence in Gaza
Week-long @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture events at RADA will highlight ‘cultural resistance’ Amnesty International UK is supporting a week-long London festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland later this month. Marking the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba”, or “Catastrophe”, when some 700,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their land in 1948, the @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture events will see performances of work by several leading Palestinian artists as well as talks

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Urgent Action: Palestinians at risk of losing residency status

Four members of the PLC are at risk of losing their permanent residency status in Jerusalem.

UA 79/18 issued 26/04/2018

Urgent Action: Gazan at imminent risk of losing second leg in Israel/OPT

Journalist Yousef al-Kronz is being denied permission by Israeli authorities to travel for medical treatment.

UA 73/18 issued 13/04/2018

Urgent Action: Administrative detention of NGO worker renewed in Israel

Abdul Razeq Farraj, an NGO worker, has been held by Israel without charge or trial for 325 days.

UA 072/18 issued 13/04/2018
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