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UN Human Rights Office in the OPT : Counter-terrorism legislation must not be used to

constrain legitimate human rights and humanitarian work.

Ramallah – The UN Human Rights Office in the OPT is alarmed at the reported ‘designation’ by the Israeli Minister of Defence of key human rights and humanitarian organizations in Palestine as “terrorist” organizations under the Israeli Anti-Terrorism Law of 2016.

The designation decisions published by the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel list extremely vague or irrelevant reasons, including entirely peaceful and legitimate activities such as provision of legal aid and “promotion of steps against Israel in the international arena”. These designations are the latest development in a long stigmatizing campaign against these and other organizations, damaging their ability to deliver on their crucial work.

Counter-terrorism legislation must not be used to constrain legitimate human rights and humanitarian work. The UN Human Rights Office calls on Israel to fully respect the rights to freedom of association and expression, without any interference or harassment against the organizations or their staff.

The organizations, which include our key partners, are: the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Defense for Children International – Palestine, Al Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Addameer, and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

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