Tell the PA: free speech is not a crime


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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Robert Austin
Fennie Stavast
David Tilli
Colleen Curtis
Sherrill A Futrell
Robert Poignant
Joseph de Lange
jason husby
Larry B Harder
Carolyn Poinelli
Ron Roberts
Peter Temby
Abdul Aleem
Andrew (Andy) Alcock
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Ellen Rosser
Dorothy Lynn Brooks
Jamie Nash
Maire Leadbeater
James Godfrey
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Arnold Hindhaugh
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  • Robert Austin
    signed via 2019-03-29 01:41:08 -0400
  • Fennie Stavast
    signed via 2019-03-29 01:21:00 -0400
  • David Tilli
    signed 2019-03-29 00:51:05 -0400
  • Colleen Curtis
    signed 2019-03-29 00:10:02 -0400
  • Sherrill A Futrell
    signed 2019-03-28 23:32:35 -0400
    This is ridiculous. Why should we support the PA when it acts dictatorial like this?
  • Robert Poignant
    signed 2019-03-28 23:30:53 -0400
    Shameful!Nether the state of Israel nor Palestine tolerates truthful criticism. Freedom of speech is violated by both states.
  • Joseph de Lange
    signed 2019-03-28 23:21:41 -0400
  • jason husby
    signed 2019-03-28 23:13:51 -0400
  • Larry B Harder
    signed via 2019-03-28 23:08:43 -0400
  • Carolyn Poinelli
    signed 2019-03-28 22:55:49 -0400
  • Ron Roberts
    signed 2019-03-28 22:23:52 -0400
    Ron Roberts
  • Peter Temby
    signed 2019-03-28 22:07:15 -0400
    The Palestinian Authority needs to show a much higher level of tolerance than the Israeli Government to build credibility. Dont turn people away from your cause which is to seek justice and freedom from the illegal occupation by Israel of the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Abdul Aleem
    signed via 2019-03-28 22:04:07 -0400
  • Andrew (Andy) Alcock
    signed via 2019-03-28 22:00:30 -0400
    It is crucial that Palestinian citizens and journalists have the basic human right to criticise their government. People of goodwill who fight for democratic and human rights should always support this right. As we show our solidarity with the Palestinians whose basic human rights are being denied by the racist, apartheid and human rights violating Zionist Israeli regime, we must also demand that Palestinian leaders allow democratic rights to their own people.
  • Joop Hoekstra
    signed via 2019-03-28 21:55:40 -0400
  • Ellen Rosser
    signed 2019-03-28 21:45:12 -0400
    Please support Issa Amro’s human rights just as you want your own human rights to be supported. Sister Ellen
  • Dorothy Lynn Brooks
    signed 2019-03-28 21:05:01 -0400
  • Jamie Nash
    signed 2019-03-28 20:49:41 -0400
    Jamie Nash
  • Maire Leadbeater
    signed via 2019-03-28 20:44:47 -0400
  • James Godfrey
    signed via 2019-03-28 20:39:40 -0400
  • patricia hemm
    signed 2019-03-28 20:32:21 -0400
  • Robert Birch
    signed via 2019-03-28 20:26:52 -0400
    Please do not stand with the Zionists in denying the rights of your citizens to free speech and opposition to tyranny.
  • Jim Loveland
    signed 2019-03-28 20:18:43 -0400
    Jim Loveland
  • Anne Bowers
    signed 2019-03-28 20:06:47 -0400
  • Arnold Hindhaugh
    signed via 2019-03-28 19:59:08 -0400
  • Daniel Cole
    signed 2019-03-28 19:57:52 -0400
  • Chris Drake
    signed 2019-03-28 19:35:35 -0400
  • Raeann Scott
    signed 2019-03-28 19:19:14 -0400
    Raeann K Scott
  • Abdul Mesarwi
    signed via 2019-03-28 19:12:24 -0400
  • Johann Weng
    signed 2019-03-28 19:09:40 -0400
    I heard Issa Amro when he was in Germany and I was impressed about his work with young people.

    I have no understanding at all that the PA accuses him and acts against him.