Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh
Prime Minister
Ramallah
PALÄSTINENSISCHE GEBIETE

Fayez Swaity, Jihad Abdou, Ali Abu Diab, Musa al-Qasiya, Amer Hamdan, Usama Khalil, Mohammad Azzam, Firas Brewish, and Jamil Abu Kbash

Your excellency,

On 19 July, 19 anti-corruption activists, were arrested by Palestinian forces for holding a peaceful protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Sixteen of these activists are charged with “illegal gathering” and “violating the emergency rules,” 10 of which remain in detention, including, Fayez Swaity, Jihad Abdou, Ali Abu Diab, Musa al-Qasiya, Amer Hamdan, Usama Khalil, Mohammad Azzam, Firas Brewish, and Jamil Abu Kbash. On 22 July, the Ramallah Magistrate Court extended their detention for further 15 days. Amnesty International believes that the activists have been detained arbitrarily.

I urge you to immediately ensure that all charges against these activists are dropped and they are immediately released, as they have been detained solely for their peaceful activism; ensure that no detainee is punished for their being on hunger strike; and that authorities allow peaceful public criticism of the government and not place unwarranted restrictions on peaceful assembly, including in the name of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yours sincerely,