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Israel urged to lift Al-Haq director's travel ban

Nov. 29, 2011 3:58 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 3:58 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Human Rights Watch and other organizations urged Israel on Tuesday to rescind a travel ban imposed on the director of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq.

Shawan Jabarin has been prevented from leaving the occupied West Bank since 2006 in violation of his due process rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B'Tselem said.

“The ban preventing Shawan Jabarin from traveling abroad to receive an award is emblematic of the arbitrary restrictions placed on Palestinian human rights defenders,” said Philip Luther of Amnesty International.

“It must be lifted, and the Israeli authorities must stop using unspecified security concerns to obstruct the work of Palestinian human rights activists,” Luther said in a joint statement from the three groups.

Israeli authorities violated Jabarin’s due process rights in imposing the ban and have not produced any evidence that would justify continuing to restrict him from travel, the groups said.

The ban has prevented Jabarin from leaving the West Bank to receive a human rights prize from the Danish PL Foundation as well as appearances at planned events in Europe and the US.
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