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Nada Kiswanson

HRD, Legal Researcher

"I insist on my efforts to ensure that Palestinians can enjoy justice."

Nada Kiswanson is a human rights lawyer working for Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation. She is currently based in the Netherlands as a Senior Legal Advocacy Officer and representative to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Nada has continuously received death threats since February 2016. Her right to privacy is also being severely hampered - all her channels of communication are compromised.

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.