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Dezember-Brief 2003

Hier ist das Anschreiben an die Vertretung des Landes

Kanzlei der Botschaft des Staates Israel
S.E. Herr Shimon Stein Leshem
Auguste-Viktoria-Straße 74-76
14193 Berlin


Sie erhalten anbei eine Kopie meines Schreibens an den Ministerpräsidenten Ihres Landes mit der Bitte, dass er sich für die Freilassung des jugendlichen Gefangenen Muhammad Hassan Mustafa al-Najjar einsetzt.

Amnesty International ist der Meinung, dass diese Inhaftierung sogar gegen Artikel 37(b) des UNO-Übereinkommens über die Rechte des Kindes verstößt.

Ich bitte auch Sie, in diesem Fall aktiv zu werden und alles zu tun, damit dieser junge Mann wieder frei kommt.



Hier ist der eigentliche Brief an das betroffene Land

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street
PO Box 187
Kiryat Ben Gurion
Jerusalem 91919

Dear Prime Minister,

I should like to bring to your notice the case of a young man, Muhammad Hassan Mustafa al-Najjar, who has been detained in prison for over a year.

He was arrested in November 2002 in his home in the refugee camp Deheishe near Bethlehem. Since that time he has been imprisoned and has not even been able to see his parents. At the time of his arrest he was 15 years old, now he is 16. According to Israeli military law in the occupied territories this qualifies him as an adult. Under Israeli civil law adulthood is attained at age 18. The grounds for his arrest were that he presented a "danger to the region", this being the usual formulation for administrative arrests.

This type of arrest makes it almost impossible to bring any legal defence; the prisoner is kept indefinitely on the basis of "secret" evidence. This young man was even held for 45 days in solitary confinement, a traumatic experience for anyone, never mind a 15 year old teenager. He has now been transferred to the military prison 'Ofer near Ramallah, where he is denied all access to educative materials.

I should like to point out to you that the imprisonment of this young man is illegal under Article 37(b) of the UN Treaty concerning the Rights of Children. I would ask you to instigate the liberation of this young man if he cannot be accused of any punishable offence, or to see that he receives a fair trial in accordance with international regulations.

Yours sincerely,

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Kanzlei der Botschaft des Staates Israel
S.E. Herr Shimon Stein Leshem
Auguste-Viktoria-Straße 74-76
14193 Berlin