Amnesty urges Israel to release rights defender held without charge

Amnesty International has called on Israel to immediately release a human rights defender held under Tel Aviv’s administrative detention policy for another three months, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“The Israeli authorities must immediately release Salah Hammouri,” Heba Morayef, Amnesty’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

Hammouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer, works for Palestinian NGO, Addameer. He has been held by Israel since 7 March.

“Since March, the Israeli authorities have arbitrarily detained Salah Hammouri without charge or trial in an obvious attempt to muzzle his work on human rights. It is outrageous that he now has to serve yet another three months in detention,” Morayef said, terming Israel’s extension of his detention for another three months as “outrageous”.