UN concern and refusal by prisoners’ organizations to classify Palestinian human rights organizations as “terrorists”

The United Nations Human Rights Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has expressed its concern about the classification of 6 major Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations as “terrorist organizations” under the Israeli “anti-terrorism” law of 2016.

And he said in a statement, today, Friday, that the classification decisions published by the “National Office for Combating the Financing of Terrorism” in Israel list very vague and irrelevant reasons, including peaceful and legitimate activities such as providing legal assistance and promoting steps against Israel on the international scene. The rankings are the latest development in a long campaign against these and other organizations, which is detrimental to their ability to do their most important work.

He added that "anti-terrorism legislation should not be used to restrict legitimate human rights and humanitarian work."

The United Nations Human Rights Office called on Israel to fully respect the right to freedom of association and the right to expression without any interference or harassment against organizations or their employees.

He said that "the organizations that were classified, which included a number of our main partners, are: the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the International Movement for Defense of Children - Palestine, Al-Haq Foundation, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Addameer Foundation, and the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees."

In the same context, the institutions: the Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, the Addameer Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights, the International Movement for Defense of Children - DCI, and the High Commission for the Follow-up of Prisoners’ Affairs said that the decision of the so-called Minister of Internal Security of the Israeli occupation government to classify 6 Palestinian institutions Human rights and civil rights organizations as “terrorist organizations” is a continuation of the aggression practiced by the occupation against our people and its institutions, which are subjected to escalating aggression in an attempt to eliminate Palestinian civil society.

She added, in a joint statement issued by her, today, Friday, that this aggression did not start today. Over the past few years, the occupation has targeted Palestinian institutions through incursions and confiscation of property, arresting their workers, prosecuting them by all means, and restricting their human rights and civil work, noting that this The approach has recently escalated to include human rights institutions that have historically worked in defense of Palestinian rights before the international human rights system, and have worked day and night to expose the crimes of the occupation and to clarify the reality of the grave violations that the occupation carried out against the Palestinians.

The institutions considered that the decision is an attack on the international human rights system, not only the Palestinian, as these institutions constituted a basic pillar for the Palestinian in conveying his daily suffering and the crimes and violations committed against him, and were a Palestinian source conveying the Palestinian voice and his narrative to the world, adding: “With this dangerous decision, we are today We are facing a reality that will extend to include all the remaining tools of the Palestinian in defending his rights.”

The institutions called for immediate and urgent action at several levels to defend the right of the Palestinian and its institutions, and to stop this aggression, because of its serious repercussions and effects on the Palestinian existence, stressing that it will take protest steps rejecting the decision that will be announced later.

Today, Friday, the Israeli occupation authorities classified 6 Palestinian human rights institutions as “terrorist organizations,” according to the “anti-terrorism” law that was issued in 2016, based on information provided by the so-called “Associations Monitor” association, known for its hardline positions and inciting against Palestinian institutions.

The institutions are, according to a list published by the so-called Israeli Ministry of Justice: the Addameer Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights, the International Movement for Defense of Children - Palestine, the Al-Haq Foundation, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, and the Bisan Center for Research and Development.

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