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Salah Hammouri

HRD, lawyer
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Rights on the Line Podcast

Season 5, Episode 3: Salah Hammouri: the cost of activism in Palestine and the revocation of his residency


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Salah Hammouri is a French-Palestinian human rights defender, lawyer and field researcher at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association based in Jerusalem. Through his human rights work the defender seeks actively justice and accountability for violations of Palestinian rights. Following his release as part of a prisoner exchange deal in 2011, Salah Hammouri’s liberty, work and freedom of expression have been continually attacked by Israel. 

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.