Tell the PA: free speech is not a crime

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Sign the letter to President Abbas and Fateh Central Committee Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh: Drop the charges against Palestinian Human Rights Defender Issa Amro!

Dear President Abbas and Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh,

It is appalling that the Palestinian Authority is putting Human Rights Defender Issa Amro on trial for peacefully voicing his opinion.

On Thursday 28 March, 2019 Amro will appear in PA court for a Facebook post from 2017 in which he said that the Palestinian Authority should not be arresting journalists criticizing the government. For this Amro is facing up to two years in prison and a fine.

Amro is well known for his human rights work to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and remove the fanatical and violent illegal settlers from Hebron. But last month, rather than supporting Amro, Fatah released a press statement urging civil society organizations in Hebron to boycott Amro and his colleagues at Youth Against Settlements, warning those who don’t abide that they would face retribution.

Amro has received death threats on social media and over the phone from supporters of Fatah, such that he fears for his life and personal safety. The PA has also threatened those close to Amro that they must stop working with him Amro and Youth Against Settlements (YAS).

It is shocking that the PA and Fatah, rather than supporting Amro’s work against the occupation and for the protection of his own people, are threatening and prosecuting him. This is shameful and counter to the international values of freedom, justice, and equality.

Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Saleh Higazi said of the PA’s prosecution of Amro:

“It is disgraceful that Issa Amro is facing a prison term simply for expressing his views promoting human rights online. The Palestinian authorities should drop all charges against him immediately. Criticising an official should never be a crime. If imprisoned Issa Amro would be a Prisoner of Conscience.”

Amro is charged with disturbing “public order” under Palestine’s draconian Electronic Crimes Law, “causing strife” and “insulting the higher authorities” under the 1960 Jordanian Penal code, still enforced in the West Bank.

We call on your as president of the Palestinian Authority to immediately see that all charges are dropped against Amro and see that his safety, and the safety of Youth Against Settlements and everyone working with them, is protected. We also call on you to see that the PA and Fatah support Amro and Youth Against Settlements nonviolent work to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and human rights abuses endured by the Palestinian people.

 

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Kahml Kim
Ruedeger Baron
Christiane Schomblond
Dr. Ernest Far
Dr. Ernest Far
Carol Rahbari
Thérèse Mercy
Wim van der Salm
Merrill Cole
Barry Patterson
Magdalena Mayer
Ellen Rice
Mike Parker
William Spadel
Jim Malone
Ziona Schulthess
Leada Dietz
Garry Ettle
Ahmed Alkhateeb
Paulette Fiehrer
Janet Sheek
Tess Frasd
Martin Horan
Richard Vission
Jean Fitzpatrick
Lacey Hicks
Elisabeth Fröchen
Charlene McDermott
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  • Kahml Kim
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:20 -0400
  • Ruedeger Baron
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:20 -0400
  • Christiane Schomblond
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:19 -0400
  • Dr. Ernest Far
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:18 -0400
    We are fighting restrictions against pro Palestinian free speech in Germany. It is not acceptable, that the PA restricts free speech in Palestine. Criticism may have its legitimate causes. These must be corrected and not silencing the criticism.
  • Dr. Ernest Far
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:18 -0400
    We are fighting restrictions against pro Palestinian free speech in Germany. It is not acceptable, that the PA restricts free speech in Palestine. Criticism may have its legitimate causes. These must be corrected and not silencing the criticism.
  • Carol Rahbari
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:08 -0400
  • Thérèse Mercy
    signed 2019-03-27 11:40:04 -0400
    Issa Amro doit être libre. La Liberté d’expression est un Droit de l’ Homme.
  • Wim van der Salm
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:34 -0400
  • Merrill Cole
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:31 -0400
  • Barry Patterson
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:30 -0400
    The PA needs greater unity if it is ever to gain freedom. Don’t fight among yourselves, you have enough to fight against… Israeli Govt. TRUMP, ZIONISTS.
  • Magdalena Mayer
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:30 -0400
    Issa Amros Menschenrechtsarbeit und sein gewaltloser Widerstand gegen die Besatzung verdient jede Unterstützung. Ein Gerichtsverfahren gegen ihn seitens der PA ist ein Angriffe auf die Meinungsfreiheit und Menschenrechte!
  • Ellen Rice
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:29 -0400
  • Mike Parker
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:24 -0400
  • William Spadel
    signed 2019-03-27 11:39:11 -0400
  • Jim Malone
    signed 2019-03-27 11:38:47 -0400
    Solidarity Amro, the PA must allow debate, disagreement and disent in a democratic system.
  • Ziona Schulthess
    signed 2019-03-27 11:38:44 -0400
  • Leada Dietz
    signed 2019-03-27 11:38:41 -0400
  • Garry Ettle
    signed 2019-03-27 11:38:12 -0400
  • Ahmed Alkhateeb
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:49 -0400
  • Paulette Fiehrer
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:32 -0400
  • Janet Sheek
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:27 -0400
  • Tess Frasd
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:26 -0400
  • Martin Horan
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:20 -0400
  • Richard Vission
    signed 2019-03-27 11:37:14 -0400
    Richard Vission
  • Jean Fitzpatrick
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:45 -0400
  • Lacey Hicks
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:44 -0400
  • Elisabeth Fröchen
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:42 -0400
    Issa and his friends are doing a great in Hebron. It’s a shame that PA is threatening them!
  • Charlene McDermott
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:42 -0400
    Charlene McDermott
  • John Lamperti
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:42 -0400
  • Dawn Waring
    signed 2019-03-27 11:36:29 -0400