Palestinian teen Dima Sawahreh released from prison, held under house arrest

dima sawahrehPalestinian prisoner Dima Sawahreh, 18, from Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood in Jerusalem, was released after 20 months imprisonment on 11 September, but will spend the next four months under house arrest.

Sawahreh was arrested on 3 January 2014 at the age of 16. She was held for six months in a juvenile detention center in Akka because of her young age, then transferred to Ramla prison for 19 days in isolation, after which she was transferred to Hasharon prison with the other women prisoners. During her captivity, her brother died; she was denied permission to phone her parents.

She is prohibited from leaving her home between 8 pm and 6 am and must visit the Israeli occupation forces every two weeks to prove she has not left the borders of Jerusalem.

There are 25 women prisoners remaining in Hasharon prison, to which global security corporation G4S provides a central control room and security system. There is a global call for boycott of G4S, who are complicit not only in the torture and political imprisonment of Palestinians but in the abuse of migrants and refugees, Indigenous people and workers in countries around the world, including the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.