14th JULY 2017 – EMERGENCY VIGIL TO DEMAND FREEDOM FOR KHALIDA JARRAR AND ALL IMPRISONED PALESTINIAN MPs
DATE: Friday 14th July 2017, 3-5pm
LOCATION: Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament (Westminster tube)
Organized by www.inminds.com
On Friday 14th July 2017, Inminds human rights group will hold an emergency vigil in London, on Westminster Bridge facing the Houses of Parliament, to demand freedom for Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar and the other 10 members of the Palestinian parliament that are currently imprisoned by the Israeli occupation.
Palestinian mother of two daughters, Khalida Jarrar has dedicated her life to defending Palestinian political prisoners in occupation dungeons. She chairs the Prisoners’ Committee of the Parliament and is former executive director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and a member of its board.
Khalida Jarrar was given a six month administrative detention order today (12th July 2017) following her abduction by soldiers on 2nd July. Under administrative detention Palestinians are indefinitely caged without charge or trial. Nine of the eleven imprisoned Palestinian MPs are being held without any charge. This practice of arbitrary detention without charge or trial, often as a punitive measure, is a violation of articles 78 and 72 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which state that an accused individual has the right to defend himself.
Inminds chair Abbas Ali said “Since the occupations defeat in the 2006 Palestinian elections, Israel has targetted elected members of the Palestinian parliament as a means to undermine Palestinian democracy. They are simply rounded up and caged without any charge, or trial, or even set length of sentence. Within 3 yearsof the election nearly a third of the Palestinian parliament was imprisoned. Now we are again seeing a rise in the targeting of Palestinian MPs with Khalida Jarrar’s abduction. We stand outside the British parliament in solidarity with Khalida Jarrar, to demand her immediate release, and the release of all members of the Palestinian parliament.”
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