May 30 Update and Action Call

5/30  ACTION ALERT AND UPDATE

1) Petition Drive to Release Amer Jubran: Sign the Petition, Spread the Word Now!

2) National Lawyers Guild Calls for Release of Amer Jubran, Detained in Jordan

Friends,

June 5th will mark 1 month that Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan without charge or legal counsel.

Hundreds of people from all over the world have joined the call for Amer’s release including several local state representatives, a senator, and the National Lawyers Guild http://nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594 (see NLG statement below). Thank you for your support!

We still need your help! We are planning to present the petition demanding Amer’s release to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC soon. Help us show the Embassy and the Jordanian government  that there is popular support for Amer’s immediate release.

Please follow these action steps now:

1) Sign the petition to free him online (**you only need to list your name, nothing else is required and you do not need to join a list or a petition site to do it– it takes a minute!***) and please forward the petition to all your contacts. This petition will be presented to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC. You can sign it at:
http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/petition/

2) Forward our e-mail and all action calls to your lists.

3) Share this facebook page with friends:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Amer-Jubran/754671091222315#

4) Join the Update list (low volume) for action calls:
http://mail.amerjubrandefense.org/mailman/listinfo/free_amer_amerjubrandefense.org

Thank you again for your support of Amer!

Amer Jubran Defense

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National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee calls for release of Amer Jubran, detained in Jordan

“The Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild expresses its grave concern for Jordanian national, Palestinian Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

It is our understanding that Jubran has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Jubran is an internationally recognized and respected speaker, activist and writer on Palestinian human rights, and a critic of the U.S./Israeli occupation of the region. Having already been targeted by the US government for his political speech while a legal resident of the US in 2004, Jubran’s current detention raises concerns that this is a political arrest aimed at silencing dissent and suggests cooperation between Jordanian authorities, the United States and Israel in suppressing criticism of US and Israeli policies.

Jordan is a signatory party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 9 of the ICCPR prohibits arbitrary arrest or detention, and requires that deprivation of liberty, even if legally sanctioned, must be necessary and reasonable, predictable, and proportional to the reasons for arrest. Article 19 (2) of the ICCPR guarantees the right to freedom of expression, including “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Furthermore, Jordan’s penal code has still not been amended to comply with its 2011 guarantees to strengthen constitutional free speech. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, claiming to have accepted a number of Amnesty International’s recommendations to limit the use and duration of administrative detention, and to ensure that all detainees are brought before an independent judicial authority promptly after arrest and charged, or else promptly released. However, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administration detention aimed to limit freedom of speech continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Friends and colleagues of Jubran have repeatedly contacted the Jordanian Embassy in the United States and the Ministry of the Interior in Jordan. They have been told that Jubran’s detention will be looked into, but no further information has been forthcoming.

The Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild urges compliance with internationally recognized standards of due process and the right to freedom of expression.

We expect:

• the prompt release of Jubran, if he is not to be charged;

• access to an attorney of his choosing;

• the prompt setting of a reasonable bail if he is charged;

• visitation with his family;

• consultation with health care professionals;

• the immediate release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition;

• and an immediate explanation of why he has been held since May 5, 2014.”

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