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Shireen Issawi, Winner of 2014 Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders

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SOURCE:  SAMIDOUN ShireenIssawi
Shireen Issawi is a human rights lawyer and prominent advocate for Palestinian prisoner rights from occupied East Jerusalem who has participated in monitoring, documenting and advocacy on human rights violations committed by Israeli authorities against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
Issawi was arrested by Israeli authorities on March 6, 2014 and has since been held continuously in pre-trial Israeli detention.  Her trial date has been repeatedly delayed.

The charges against Issawi are violations of the rights of lawyers to represent their clients; they also attempt to criminalize support for prisoners from their political parties, as well as the communication of prisoners to the outside world. As Issawi wrote in a letter from prison in 2014, “I am a lawyer, I have the right and duty to defend our prisoners. To stand for their rights is not unlawful.”

In December 2014, while still in prison, Issawi received the 2014 Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders.  She was recognised for her courageous work in monitoring and documenting human rights violations committed by the Israeli authorities against Palestinian prisoners and advocating for their rights.

UPDATE:  On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Israeli Central Court sentenced Shireen Issawi to four years in prison.  At the time of sentencing, she had already been imprisoned for two years.  At the same hearing, the Central Court ordered an eight year prison sentence to Shireen’s brother, Medhat Issawi. 

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