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Urgent Action: NGO Director in Administrative Detention (Israel/OPT: UA 161.19)

November 22, 2019

Ubai Aboudi, NGO worker and education activist, has been issued a four-month administrative detention order by the Israeli military commander of the West Bank. Ubai Aboudi has been detained since 13 November 2019, without charge or trial in Ofer prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Major-General Nadav Padan GOC Central Command Military Post 01149 Battalion 877 Israel Fax: + 972 2 530 5741 Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Ron Dermer Embassy of Israel 3514 International Drive NW, Washington DC 20008 Phone: 202 364 5500 Email: [email protected] Twitter: @IsraelinUSA @AmbDermer Facebook: @IsraelinUSA @ambdermer Instagram: @israelinusa Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Major-General Nadav Padan, On 13 November at around 3:00am at least 10 Israeli soldiers entered Ubai Aboudi’s home in Kufr Aqab and detained him in front of his wife and children. Ubai Aboudi is meant to take part in the Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine in the USA in January 2020. On 18 November, Ubai Aboudi was issued a four-month administrative detention order signed by you. On 28 November 2019, his detention order is meant to be confirmed by an Israeli military judge. Ubai Aboudi is the Director of prominent Palestinian NGO Bisan Center for Research and Development. Administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely, and evidence is kept secret, meaning that detainees are not able to effectively challenge their detention and do not know when they will be released. Amnesty International is gravely concerned that Israel’s systematic use of administrative detention against Palestinians violates international human rights law; its use as such results in arbitrary detention, and if prolonged or repeated can amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. I urge you to immediately release Ubai Aboudi, and all others who have been placed under administrative detention, unless they are promptly charged with an internationally recognizable crime and tried in proceedings that adhere to international fair trial standards. I urge you to take immediate steps to end the practice of administrative detention. Yours sincerely, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES