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Release Palestinian Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser from Israeli Detention

Ayman Nasser is a social work lecturer at Al Quds Open University.

Palestinian Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser
Palestinian Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser

(YORK, UK) - Ayman Nasser is a researcher with 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 representative who advocate on behalf of Palestinian political prisoners. He is also a part-time social work lecturer at Al Quds Open University.

Ayman has been married to his wife Haleema for almost 20 years. They have four children together, Ameen (13), Naji (11), Nadeem (8) and Mohammad (3). According to Ayman’s wife Haleema, their children are “looking forward to see their father, a father who taught them the meaning of freedom and loving life”.

Ayman is an extremely well educated man, who is an avid reader with extensive knowledge about cultural, social and political aspects of life.

Ayman Nasser, addressing Israeli military court, 18 October 2012 said:

    "I believe that every human being has opinions and positions and if it’s not violating the law he can freely think and speak these opinions. I am a human rights defender who supports the Palestinian prisoners and I represent my opinions in the public media. My thoughts are not secret, they are public, and everyone knows them".

William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for ,said "I am closely observing the situation and Salem– is dedicated to fight against human rights violations and we will continue the fight."

(William's letter is posted below)

Brigadier General Danny Efroni
Military Judge Advocate General
6 David Elazar Street
Harkiya, Tel Aviv
Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526

Re: Detention by Israel of Ayman Nasser

Dear Brigadier General Danny Efroni,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for

I came to know about the situation from ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.

I am writing to express my strong concerns regarding human rights defender Ayman Nasser’s arrest and detention,which violates international human rights and humanitarian law.

Ayman Nasser (42 years old) was arrested at dawn on 25 October 2012 by a convoy of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) soldiers. After the raid on his family home, in which personal documents were confiscated and computers and cell phones destroyed.

Ayman was transferred to al Moskobiyeh Interrogation Center. He spent 39 days subjected to lengthy sessions of intensive and harsh interrogation while being shackled to a chair with his hands behind his back, and with some of the sessions lasting for more than 20 hours a day continuously. Between interrogation sessions Ayman remained in solitary confinement in a small cell with rough grey walls, a dim yellow light and a single blanket.

He was not aware at the time, but all of these measures were practiced against him in order to break him psychologically and physically. Ayman has several pre-existing health conditions; he suffers from severe back pain as aresult of an inflammation in his spine, he also suffers from ulceration in his colon, and regularly takes five kinds ofmedications and pain killers.

The charges against Ayman revolve around human rights activism, including support and solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, and participating in annual prisoner’s day, which is attended by all sectors of society. According to the United Nation’s Declaration on Human Rights Defenders Ayman Nasser’s accusations and consequent detention are illegal by international law standards. Article 12.1 states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The international community is deeply concerned for Ayman’s health and well-being while he is being held in detention. Ayman has been transferred to Megiddo prison and is detained under inhumane life conditions, in which he is routinely denied his medication for his previous health conditions. If Ayman continues to be held under these conditions, we fear that his health will be compromised.

I am appalled at the manifest breaches of Israeli, human rights and international humanitarian law committed in the course of Ayman Nasser’s detention. I therefore urge you to intervene in this matter without delay and:

• Immediately and unconditionally release Ayman Nasser;

• Immediately put an end to Israel’s practice of detention of human rights defenders

I thank for you time and patience in reading my letter expressing my concern. I welcome hearing from you soon.

Yours Sincerely,
William Nicholas Gomes
Human Rights Ambassador for

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______________________________ Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.

He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.


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