Justice for Palestine Matters, Australia, calls for action to free Sireen

Please support the appeal of ‘Justice for Palestine Matters’. They are calling on Dr. RASHI DA MANJOO, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Sireen. You can support their call at http://www.palestinematters.com/Free-Sireen-Khudiri_Appeal_105.aspx

Alert
URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA 12/ 13
NAME: Sireen Khudiri, 24
VIOLATIONS: Unlawful detention

Sireen Khudiri is a 24-year-old Palestinian teacher, human rights activist and political prisoner. She studied computer science at the Open University in Tubas, on the West Bank.

Khudiri is an advocate of the rights of children in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank to have a decent education and has been active in non-violent campaigns against the abuses imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities.

She was detained by Isreali Occupation Forces and has been held in adminisrative detention and denied the right to a lawyer.

For further information: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54361

Appeal

Dr. RASHI DA MANJOO,
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Your Excellency

I appeal to you to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Palestinian teacher, Sireen Khudiri, from Tubas in Palestine,who is being held illegally by israeli authorities since 15 May 2013 in administrative detention after being transferred from Palestine to a prison in Haifa, Israel.

Sireen Khudiri is a 24 years old independent Palestinian activist who worked for more than 3 years in the international campaign of the Jordan Valley against violence. She supports and writes about societal abuses imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Sireen is very popular in the schools where she teaches and supports children’s rights and their education. She also publishes the demands of the Palestinian people and is a staunch fighter for their just rights. Sireen has been accused to have criticised Israel on Facebook.

Sireen Khudiri’s ‘crime’ was not an act that threatens Israel’s security, in any military sense. Rather, by disclosing the daily oppressive conditions Palestinians live under, she helps to reveal to the outside world the brutal facts of the Israeli occupation.

The night of 15 May 2013 Israeli Occupation Forces raided her home and kidnapped her.

Administrative detention is mainly used against non-violent political activists. Israel holds about 180 Palestinian political prisoners in administrative detention. The Israeli practice of administrative detention contravenes Article 9 of the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights.

And I remind you that Article 49 of the Geneva Convention states that, “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power or that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive”.

It is way past time the United Nations draws on its powers to fulfil its obligations to protect and maintain Palestinian civil, political and human rights from Israel’s daily abuse of international law.

Sincerely

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