PALESTINIAN AND REGIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS SEND URGENT APPEAL TO UN SPECIAL PROCEDURES ON THE ARBITRARY ARREST AND IMMINENT RISK OF FORCIBLE DEPORTATION OF PALESTINIAN HRD AND LAWYER SALAH HAMMOURI

On 21 March 2022, the Palestinian Human Rights Council, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Association France Palestine Solidarite, and the Platform of French NGOs for Palestine submitted a joint urgent appeal to the UN Special Procedures on the arbitrary arrest and imminent risk of forcible deportation of Palestinian HRD and lawyer Salah Hammouri. On 7 March 2022, Israeli Occupation Forces stormed Salah’s home in Kufr Aqab, north of Jerusalem, arbitrarily arresting him and transferring him to Ofer military base. 

On 9 March 2022, Salah appeared in Ofer military court via video conference, where the military judge ruled to extend his detention for an additional 48 hours to issue an administrative detention order. The following day, on 10 March 2022, the Israeli military commander issued a three-month[1] administrative detention order against Salah, without charge or trial, based on “secret information.” Notably, 500 Palestinian administrative detainees are currently undertaking a collective boycott of Israeli military courts to protest the Israeli occupation’s illegal systematic, and arbitrary practice of administrative detention.[2] Salah joins the boycott, refusing to participate in the military court proceedings related to his administrative detention and requesting his legal counsel do the same.