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Israël: Detention of 16 year old human rights defender Ahed Tamimi extended, mother still detained and father arrested

Friday 22 December 2017, by siawi3

Source: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/israeli-soldiers-arrest-16-year-old-human-rights-defender-ahed-tamimi

Detention of 16 year old human rights defender Ahed Tamimi extended, mother still detained and father arrested

20 December 2017

Update – OPT/Israel: detention of 16 year old human rights defender Ahed Tamimi extended, mother still detained and father arrested

On 20 December 2017, the detention of 16 year-old human rights defender Ahed Tamimi was extended for 10 days by Ofer Military Court. The child’s lawyer was told that she is being investigated on charges of assaulting a soldier, disturbing a soldier, offending a public officer, and disturbance of the public order.

In the early hours of 19 December 2017, Ahed Tamimi was arrested during a military raid on her home. Her mother, Nariman Tamimi, was detained the same day when she went to Binyamin Detention Center to ask of the whereabouts of her child and to be present during the her interrogation. On Wednesday 20 December 2017, Ahed Tamimi’s father, Bassem Tamimi was arrested while attending Ahed’s hearing session in military court. His whereabouts remain unknown.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested at approximately 4:00 am on 19 December 2017. She was taken from her home by Israeli soldiers into a military jeep, and is currently being held in Ofer prison. One day prior to her arrest, she had been protesting against occupation soldiers who shot 14 year-old Mohammed Tamimi in the face. The 14 year-old is currently in critical condition after waking from a medically-induced coma. During the raid, soldiers forcibly entered her home and physically assaulted Nariman Tamimi and her children. Soldiers and intelligence officers also confiscated electronic devices, including laptops, cameras, and mobile phones. Subsequently, at approximately 1:30 pm that day, Nariman Tamimi went to Binyamin Detention Center to ask about the whereabouts of her daughter, when she was then herself detained at the detention centre.

Ahed Tamimi is a 16-year old activist in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank whose work has focused on protesting land confiscation and the exploitation of natural resources for settlement construction, particularly the well of Nabi Saleh. Nariman Tamimi is a Palestinian human rights defender documenting abuses committed by Israeli authorities against protesters and villagers. She participates in peaceful protests in Ramallah as a medic to deliver help to injured protesters. Bassem Tamimi is a leader of the Nabi Saleh Popular Struggle Committee in Ramallah, a non-violent group protesting against Israel’s ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territory through weekly peaceful demonstrations.

Front Line Defenders condemns the arrests of Ahed Tamimi, her mother Nariman Tamimi, and her father, Bassem Tamimi. Front Line Defenders further underlines that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 37 (b) states that: “No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”