Urgent Action Update: NGO Worker’s Detention Renewed (Israel/OPT: UA 171.18)

On 10 March 2019, the Israeli Ofer Military Court in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) approved the renewal of Ayman Nasser’s administrative detention for further six months. Since 17 September 2018, Ayman Nasser has been detained without charge or trial in Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in the West Bank. Ayman is the legal unit coordinator of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Right Association, a Palestinian NGO. His detention is now expected to end on 7 September 2019.



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Major-General Nadav Padan
GOC Central Command
Military Post 01149
Battalion 877
Israel Defense Forces
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
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Major-General Nadav Padan,

On 6 March 2019, your office of the GOC Central Command issued another six-month administrative detention order against Ayman Nasser, which was approved by the Ofer Military Court, near the city of Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) on 10 March. Ayman Nasser is the legal unit coordinator of the Palestinian human rights NGO Addameer,

Amnesty International has continuously expressed its grave concerns that the system of administrative detention as practised by Israel violates the human rights of those held under it. The use of this system may result in arbitrary detention, and if prolonged or repeated can amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

Amnesty International is gravely concerned for the health of Ayman Nasser, who was beaten and suffered from tear-gas suffocation during the Ofer prison raid that took place on 21 January 2019. According to his family, Ayman Nasser suffers from health issues including inflammation in his colon and severe back pain due to a herniated disk in the lower back. Ayman needs regular medical treatment and checks by specialized doctors.

I urge you to immediately release Ayman Nasser, 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 immediately provide Ayman Nasser access to adequate healthcare, including treatment by specialized doctors, and to take immediate steps to end the practice of administrative detention.

Yours sincerely