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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Fathieh Douer
Donna Lucero
Laurent De Wangen
Antonella Battaglia
Carl Stellweg
Allan Slater
Greville Mills
Dr Vacy Vlazna
Michael Reppenhagen
Günter Krause
Samia Mammer
Yves Chilliard
Brian Ó Éigeartaigh
Susan Elias
Sally Abbott
Cathy Crawford
Claudia Karas
Ida Henderson
Beverley Booker
Gabriel Alkon
Anita Lilburn
Carolyn Cicciu
Bessa Whitmore
Ivan Dore
Terry Smith
Leon Stephens
Christine Van Duuren
H. Guh
Martin Dore
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  • Fathieh Douer
    signed via 2019-03-28 18:11:05 -0400
  • Donna Lucero
    signed 2019-03-28 18:08:03 -0400
    The injustice in Palestine breaks my heart!
  • Laurent De Wangen
    signed 2019-03-28 17:59:07 -0400
  • Antonella Battaglia
    signed 2019-03-28 17:58:54 -0400
    Antonella Battaglia
  • Carl Stellweg
    signed via 2019-03-28 17:55:35 -0400
  • Allan Slater
    signed 2019-03-28 17:54:47 -0400
    Allan Slater
  • Greville Mills
    signed via 2019-03-28 17:54:36 -0400
    We’re doing all we can to raise the status of the injustice for Palestinians, to the UK government. But in seeking to expose the injustice on all sorts of levels, the PA is totally undermining the issue of free speech. This is a big issue in the US, where their constitution on free speech is under threat by the banning of BDS support. You really need to reconsider this action.
  • Dr Vacy Vlazna
    signed 2019-03-28 17:48:44 -0400
    It is the PA/PLO that should be charged with treason for colluding with the zionist terrorist entity to crush Palestinian resistance for 25 years since Oslo. Release Issa Amro immediately and unconditionally.
  • Michael Reppenhagen
    signed 2019-03-28 17:47:40 -0400
  • Günter Krause
    signed 2019-03-28 17:42:26 -0400
  • Samia Mammer
    signed 2019-03-28 17:39:28 -0400
    Samia MAMMER
  • Yves Chilliard
    signed 2019-03-28 17:24:46 -0400
  • Brian Ó Éigeartaigh
    signed 2019-03-28 17:22:29 -0400
  • Susan Elias
    signed 2019-03-28 17:10:27 -0400
  • Sally Abbott
    signed 2019-03-28 17:04:44 -0400
    Sally Abbott
  • Cathy Crawford
    signed 2019-03-28 17:01:47 -0400
    Cathy Crawford
  • Claudia Karas
    signed via 2019-03-28 16:56:46 -0400
  • Ida Henderson
    signed 2019-03-28 16:55:28 -0400
  • Beverley Booker
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  • Gabriel Alkon
    signed 2019-03-28 16:39:19 -0400
    Gabriel Alkon
  • Anita Lilburn
    signed 2019-03-28 16:18:12 -0400
    Anita Lilburn
  • Carolyn Cicciu
    signed 2019-03-28 16:02:00 -0400
  • Bessa Whitmore
    signed 2019-03-28 16:00:43 -0400
    Pretty sad that the PA does this to its own people.
  • Ivan Dore
    signed 2019-03-28 15:57:22 -0400
  • Terry Smith
    signed 2019-03-28 15:56:42 -0400
  • Leon Stephens
    signed 2019-03-28 15:44:19 -0400
  • Christine Van Duuren
    signed 2019-03-28 15:39:01 -0400
  • H. Guh
    signed 2019-03-28 15:33:51 -0400
  • Martin Dore
    signed 2019-03-28 15:31:06 -0400
  • Robert Bromley
    signed 2019-03-28 15:22:34 -0400