Release of two Palestinian youth activists after lengthy imprisonment without charge or trial

Hasan Safadi on his release

Two Palestinian youth organizers and human rights defenders were released on Thursday, 7 December after being held without charge or trial in Israeli prisons for lengthy periods. Hasan Safadi, the Arabic-language media coordinator for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, was released after 19 months of imprisonment without charge or trial.

Yassin Sbeih, Jerusalemite activist, was also released on Thursday after over eight months imprisonment without charge or trial under administrative detention. Sbeih was seized from occupied Jerusalem during a demonstration in April and ordered to administrative detention, said his wife Lama Ghosheh upon his release.

Yassin Sbeih after his release

Safadi was seized on 1 May 2016 at the Karameh crossing as he returned from an Arab youth conference in Tunisia. His administrative detention was extended on multiple occasions; in June his detention was extended for the third time in a row for six months.

Both were among over 450 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network congratulates Hasan, Yousef, their families and friends and communities upon their freedom and demands the release of all of their fellow Palestinian prisoners behind Israeli bars.