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mohannad karajah

Mohannad Karajah

HRD, lawyer

Mohannad Karajah is a Palestinian human rights defender and attorney. He is the head of Lawyers for Justice group, a Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation that works to support Palestinian activists and political prisoners held by the Palestinian Authority through legal aid. Lawyers for justice also works on monitoring and documenting human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories which the Palestinians are subjected to by the Palestinian Authority. Mohannad Karajah has been subjected to different forms of targeted harassment by the authorities, including judicial harassment and defamation campaigns.

Human rights defenders in the OPT are subjected to acts of harassment, restrictions on freedom of movement, stigmatisation, abductions, long periods of arbitrary detention usually under administrative detention orders, illegal searches of their homes and offices and killings. Many of the violations are state-sanctioned, or if not sanctioned at the highest levels of the Israeli political and military establishment, then condoned by the ongoing policy of impunity which permeates the military and judicial system in relation to the OPT. In some instances Israeli settlers have also been the perpetrators of violence against human rights defenders.