Updates: On September 22, Anas Barghouti’s detention was extended at Ofer Military Court to a new hearing on September 24, when military prosecutors announced an indictment would be announced. Anas’s next hearing will be on October 9, following his charges of membership in an illegal organization and organizing a demonstration. Amnesty International has issued an alert demanding his release.Take action now to demand Anas’ release!
Palestinian lawyer Anas Barghouti was seized by Israeli forces on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Container checkpoint near Ramallah. Anas is 30 years old and a lawyer and human rights defender. Click here to take action now and demand Israeli officials free Anas Barghouti.
On September 17, his arrest was extended for five days by Ofer Military Court for further interrogation. He was held before his hearings in Etzion settlement in harsh conditions, reported Mahmoud Hassan of Addameer, where Barghouti formerly worked as a lawyer for four years. He has eaten twice in 36 hours, was not allowed to shower, change clothes or use personal hygiene items.
In addition to his distinguished legal advocacy for Palestinian prisoners and Palestinian human rights, he is also a dedicated activist, involved in marches, demonstrations and popular actions in support of Palestinian prisoners, against the so-called negotiations, and demanding the implementation of Palestinian rights.
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He has been sharply critical of the Palestinian Authority’s practice of security cooperation with the Israeli occupation, as well as politically motivated detentions and arrests of Palestinian political figures. He continues to volunteer with Addameer to work on the cases of political detainees held by the PA. Barghouti himself was summoned on March 6 of this year to the PA’s Preventive Security headquarters for questioning.
Like his fellow human rights defender Ayman Nasser of Addameer, who is currently facing charges of organizing demonstrations and actions in support of Palestinian prisoners, Anas Barghouti is a human rights defender facing repression by the Israeli occupation because of his work in support of Palestinian prisoners and Palestinian national rights.
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