Human Rights Defender, Issa Amro, Released A Day Early on Bail

Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, was released today, 10 September 2017, on a bail

Human Rights Defender, Issa Amro, Released A Day Early on Bail

Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, was released today, 10 September 2017, on a bail

Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, was released today, 10 September 2017, on a bail of US$1,410.00 after being arrested on 4 September 2017 for charges of disturbing “public order” under the recently adopted Electronic Crimes Law, as well as “causing strife” and “insulting the higher authorities” under the 1960 Jordanian Penal code which is still enforced in the West Bank.

Amro was arrested for having criticized the Palestinian authorities on Facebook.

Upon his release, Issa Amro told Amnesty, “I was charged under the new electronic law, because of my posts on Facebook criticizing the authorities for arresting journalists- my arrest violated my freedom of expression, my arrest was aimed at silencing and intimidating other journalists and other activists from criticizing the PA.” He added, “I want to thank Amnesty for their quick response and support, I believe it influenced the interrogators and officials and assisted in my release.”

See MNI Alive Media's article on his arrest from 7 September 2017: http://www.mnialive.com/articles/human-rights-activist-arrested-by-palestinian-security-forces-over-facebook-posts
http://www.mnialive.com/articles/human-rights-activist-arrested-by-palestinian-security-forces-over-facebook-posts