Write to your MP: Stop the criminalisation of human rights defenders

On 22nd October, the Israeli government moved to criminalise six Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations, an escalation in its systematic targeting of human rights defenders, and an attempt to evade accountability for its violations of international law.

The six organisations targeted are: Addameer, Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), and Union of Palestinian Women's Committees (UPWC). They are internationally renowned, principled, and effective Palestinian human rights organisations doing critical work protecting women’s rights, supporting famers impacted by Israel’s illegal land grabs, and supporting the rights of political prisoners arbitrarily arrested and detained, including children. The attack on these organisations creates an immediate risk for their staff members, and leaves Palestinians more vulnerable to continuing violations of their rights.

On top of their grassroots work in Palestine, these six organisations are vocal in international forums like the UN and the International Criminal Court, pushing for accountability and justice. Their grassroots work on the ground in Palestine and their effective accountability work internationally makes them primary challenges to the continuation of Israel’s apartheid regime; that’s why they are being targeted.

Israel’s draconian crackdown on Palestinian human rights defenders has been unequivocally condemned by UN human rights experts, international human rights organisations, and Israeli human rights advocates as well. Now it’s our duty to make our voices heard to support Palestinian rights defenders!

Write to your MP and ask them to stand up for Palestinian rights by calling on the UK government to: demand Israel immediately revokes its decision to criminalise human rights and civil society groups; take active steps to support Palestinian human rights defenders, including these six organisations; end its own complicity with Israel’s apartheid regime.

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