Posted 2012/11/30

Israel/OPT: Update – Charges against human rights defender Mr Ayman Nasser

On 28 November 2012, human rights defender Mr Ayman Nasser appeared before the Israeli military prosecution service in the Ofer courts where he was informed of the charges brought against him. The charge sheet refers to his activities in support of and solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, participating in the annual Prisoners' Day on 17 April for the past two years, participating in solidarity activities during the hunger strikes and attending a festival commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abu Ali Mustafa on 27 August 2012. The trial will start on 3 December 2012.

Ayman Nasser is reportedly being held in solitary confinement and on 22 November 2012, he was transferred from Al Moskobiyyeh interrogation centre to Megiddo prison, which is intended for prisoners with disciplinary sanctions. The human rights defender has been subjected to lengthy interrogation sessions and he suffers from severe back problems and an inflammation of the colon, complaints for which he has not been receiving the appropriate medication. Until his arrest he was receiving constant medical treatment by specialised doctors.

Ayman Nasser is a researcher with the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. He represents Addameer on the High Committee for Palestinian Political Prisoners, which includes several human rights organisations and government representatives who advocate on behalf of Palestinian political prisoners. He is also a part-time social work lecturer at Al Quds Open University.

Front Line Defenders reiterates its call on the Israeli authorities to immediately drop all charges against human rights defender Ayman Nasser and release him without delay, as it is believed that he is being imprisoned solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights. Front Line Defenders also urges the Israeli authorities to provide him with the necessary medical treatment while in detention. Front Line Defenders has previously issued an urgent appeal on behalf of Ayman Nasser on 2 November 2012, and updates on 9 November 2012 and 15 November 2012.