Paris – The Francophone Association for Human Rights (AFDH) calls on the Palestinian Authority to release journalist Abdulrahman Al-Thaher, who has been arbitrarily detained since August 17, 2020.
Al-Thaher is a Palestinian journalist and comedian, he is known for his political satire and biting commentaries against Israel and the Palestinian society under occupation.
Al-Thaher has been charged with “defaming public authority.” His detention undermines the Palestinian Authority’s repeated promises not to arrest, abuse, or harm journalists.
On September 3, the Magistrate Court of Nablus in the West Bank, prolonged Al-Thaher’s detention by 15 days for investigative purposes.
Freedom of expression is protected under the Palestinian law – negating the legality of Al-Thaher’s detention.
This arrest is also in violation of International law, specifically Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly which affirms the right to freedom of expression and that any restrictions applied in this regard shall be subject only with due consideration to the provisions of the law.
AFDH calls for the immediate release of Al-Thaher, as his detention is illegal and punitive in nature.
The Francophone Association for Human Rights demands that the Palestinian Authority halt its prosecution of journalists under 2018 Cybercrime Law which is in direct breach of international law and basic human rights.