Pressure Campaign: August 5-August 12, 2015

August 5 – August 12, 2015
Endorse our open letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner, or write your own.

We call for activists to renew pressure on the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, demanding an independent review of Amer’s trial and the flagrant violations of human rights involved in his imprisonment. It is now 13 months since our initial open letter to the High Commissioner–an appeal that is still unanswered. (For the text of our letter, see July 8, 2014 action call below.)

 You can support justice for Amer by sending letters, faxes and e-mails over the next week (8/5/15-8/12/2015) addressed to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein at the following address:

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: (41 22) 917 0008 (If faxing from US: 011-41-22-917-0008)
E-mail: registry@ohchr.org

And please cc the following:

Prime Minister and Defense Minister
Abdullah Ensour
Fax number 962-6-464-2520 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-2520)
e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo

Minister of Interior
Salamah Hammad
Fax number 962-6-560-6908 (If faxing from US: 011-962-6-560-6908)
e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo

Minister of Justice
Bassam Talhouni
Fax number 962-6-464-3197 If faxing from US: 011-962-6-464-3197)
e-mail:  Feedback@moj.gov.jo

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Our open letter:

Open Letter to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
email registry@ohchr.org
August 3, 2015

Dear UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein:

We wrote to you in July of 2014 to ask you to intervene in the case Amer Jubran of Jordan.* Mr. Jubran at that time had been detained for two months without charges, and you, at that time, were the UN High Commissioner-Elect. Now you occupy that office, and Mr. Jubran has been convicted. On July 29, 2015 he was sentenced by the Jordanian State Security Court, a military tribunal, to ten years in prison on charges of terrorism. These charges were proven false by Mr. Jubran’s defense team, but a decision was made against him nevertheless.

We saw no sign that you acted to intervene in this case in 2014. Perhaps if you had this sham trial would not have proceeded. But now that it has come to its predictable conclusion we ask you again to intervene to question why such a harsh sentence could be handed down without evidence of any crime. As High Commissioner for Human Rights we believe it is your responsibility to act to review this case. Amer Jubran is an internationally known activist, speaker, and writer on Palestinian human rights, and a critic of US and Israeli policies in the Arab world. These are the reasons he was targeted, not for terrorism. Though Jordan is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the human rights violations of its General Intelligence Directorate and State Security Court  are well known.  This is a problem that, as a Jordanian and as Human Rights Commissioner, you have every reason to be concerned about. The unjust sentence against Amer Jubran should be overturned immediately.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

The Amer Jubran Defense Campaign
defense@amerjubrandefense.org

cc:

Prime Minister and Defense Minister
Abdullah Ensour, e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo
Fax number 011-962-6-464-2520

Minister of Interior: Salamah Hammad, e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo
Fax number 011-962-6-560-6908

Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni, e-mail:  Feedback@moj.gov.jo
Fax number 011-962-6-464-3197

Update: February 19, 2015

Update: February 19, 2015

The trial of Amer Jubran in Jordan is now in its final phase. Those who are familiar with the case will recall that Amer was arrested by the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) in May of 2014 and held for the first two months at an undisclosed location, without charges, and without contact with lawyers or family. In August, Amer was finally given the charges against him — a list of “terrorism” offenses accusing him of planning armed actions in coordination with Hizballah against Israel and against US forces stationed in Jordan.The prosecution has now presented its full case. The bulk of the “evidence” consists of false confessions coerced from others. Amer himself has made it clear that all of the charges are false and politically motivated.

We are confident that the government’s case would collapse under the scrutiny of any legitimate legal process, but the trial is unfolding before Jordan’s State Security Court–a special jurisdiction that fails to meet even the most minimum standards of judicial independence. The State Security Court is simply an arm of the GID itself. For this reason, we are concerned that Amer’s sentencing is a foregone conclusion and  the trial has been a mere formality.

As we predicted, the vague new “anti-terrorism” laws enacted by Jordan last June have also figured prominently in Amer’s prosecution. These laws were passed after Amer’s arrest in May. They criminalize activities that threaten to “harm relations with a foreign government.” Their formulation is so vague as to allow the widest possible range of activities to be called “terrorism,” including political speech critical of Jordan’s foreign policies.

We believe that this issue of “relations with a foreign government” is what is fundamentally at stake in Amer’s trial.  As an activist and writer, Amer has focused on Israel and the United States, and their criminal aggression against Palestine and the surrounding Arab region. It’s notable that there is nothing in his writing or activism concerning the government of Jordan itself. All who know Amer, know that he would never do anything to harm the people of Jordan; even the Jordanian government has not made such claims. His activities can’t be construed as a threat to the “security” of Jordan. It’s clear that Amer’s arrest and detention are being carried out for the benefit of the US and Israel, and probably at their behest.

Not long after Amer’s detention, Israel launched another attack on the imprisoned people of Gaza, killing and dispossessing thousands, and devastating Gaza’s basic civilian infrastructure — acts that appalled people all across the globe. In this context, we can only ask: Why is Jordan going out of its way to lock up its own citizens for trying to defend Arab people from their clear enemies?

Ultimate culpability for Amer’s imprisonment lies in Washington and in Tel-Aviv. Enormous pressure has been placed on Arab governments to cooperate with US and Israeli designs or face consequences that range from political and economic destabilization to total physical destruction.

We nevertheless send out this message as an appeal to Jordanian authorities. Maybe it’s time to reconsider the existing “relations with foreign governments” who have proven their willingness to commit the worst possible crimes against people throughout the Arab world. Amer Jubran should not be prosecuted as a criminal, but honored as a patriot who has dedicated himself to defending Arab lands from foreign aggression.

Amer Jubran Defense Campaign

Update: January 19, 2015

Update: January 19, 2015

Amer Jubran, a well known Palestinian activist, writer, and speaker, has been detained in Jordan since May 5, 2014.  He has been a long-time advocate for the human rights of Palestinians and those throughout the Arab world.  He is a devoted husband, father, and friend.

Amer’s trial (which began in September, 2014) is expected to end in two more months. He is well and his spirit remains strong.

We again express our full support for Amer and our belief that if justice is served he will be free again soon. It is the US and Israel who should be standing trial for their crimes in Iraq, Palestine, and the surrounding region.

Free Amer Jubran!
Victory to the Resistance!

Ramadan E-Mail Campaign Wed. July 9

Ramadan E-Mail Campaign
Justice for Amer Jubran
Wednesday July 9th

Thank you for your continued support of Amer Jubran.

Amer Jubran has now been detained for over 2 months without charge. Until last week, he was being held incommunicado. Because Amer is a political dissident, we are gravely concerned that he may be tried with serious offenses based on his political speech under Jordan’s legal framework. If so, he would be brought before the State Security Court in Jordan soon. The State Security Court is an institution that has been widely criticized by human rights advocates as a tribunal that lacks any real judicial independence from the Mukhabarat (Jordanian Secret Police).

Today, we sent an open letter to the recently elected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein of Jordan demanding that he address the atrocious human rights abuses in Jordan, citing Amer’s case.

We are asking all supporters to take action on Wednesday July 9th.

Please take a few minutes to do the following on July 9th:

1) Please forward the open letter to Prince Zeid to all your contacts/lists and post to Facebook;
2) Please write your own letter  reiterating the points in the open letter (see below) and e-mail your letter  to:
***Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner-Elect for Human Rights
e-mail:  registry@ohchr.org
***Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour  e-mail: info@pm.gov.jo
***Minister of Interior, Hussein Majali  e-mail: info@moi.gov.jo
***Minister of Justice, Bassam Talhouni   e-mail:  Feedback@moj.gov.jo
3) Please encourage your contacts to sign the petition to free Amer Jubran if they have not signed it already http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/

Amer has always fought for justice. He needs your help now!
Please follow the action steps above on Wed July 9th and let us know if you receive any reply.
Thank you again for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Amer Jubran Defense Campaign
defense@amerjubrandefense.org
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An Open Letter to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein

July 8, 2014

To UN High Commissioner-Elect for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein:
In light of your recent confirmation as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, we are writing now to urge you to turn your attention to your own country, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and its atrocious history of human rights abuses.

The current case of Amer Jubran highlights Jordan’s ongoing contempt for the most basic international standards of civil and political rights. Mr. Jubran, a Jordanian citizen, was arrested at his home on May 5, 2014 by agents of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) and continues to be detained without charges. For the first seven weeks of his detention, he was held incommunicado, without access to a lawyer or family. The international human rights organization Alkarama recently filed his case with the UN as an instance of arbitrary detention (http://en.alkarama.org/jordan/24-communiqu/1251-jordan-arbitrary-detention-of-human-rights-defender-amer-jubran-since-may-2014 ).

Mr. Jubran is an internationally known activist, speaker, and writer on Palestinian human rights and a critic of US and Israeli policies in the Arab world. All who know him and are familiar with his history recognize his arrest as a politically motivated silencing. We are therefore concerned that the amendments to Jordan’s “anti-terrorism” laws passed on June 1st criminalizing new categories of speech as “terrorism” may be applied in Mr. Jubran’s case. The legislation itself demonstrates the willingness of the Jordanian regime to exploit the label “terrorism” to further limit free speech, especially speech that is critical of the existing system of cooperation between Jordan, Israel and the United States. (See statement from Reporters without Borders: http://en.rsf.org/jordan-king-urged-to-repeal-draconian-16-06-2014,46423.html  )

We further call attention to the use of the State Security Court as an instrument for political repression. As a direct extension of the executive branch of government, the State Security Court violates all standards of judicial independence. It is a rubber stamp for arrests and detentions carried out by the GID, which has a well-documented history of arbitrary detention and torture to silence political opposition (http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/jordan/report-2013). The collaboration between the GID and the State Security Court in human rights abuses has been specifically cited by Alkarama: “The methods of torture most commonly employed by GID officers are beatings, beatings with cables, ropes, plastic pipes, whips etc all over the body including the soles of the feet (falaqa), stress positions, sleep deprivation, injections that cause states of extreme anxiety, humiliation, threats of rape against the victim and members of his family, electroshock, prolonged isolation, etc. Abuse is more prevalent in the GID due to its close collaboration with the judges of the State Security Court. Incommunicado detention, which is itself a form of mental torture, is routinely extended for undetermined amounts of time.” (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/ngos/Alkarama_Jordan_HRC100_en.pdf)

In your acceptance speech at your confirmation as the UN High Commissioner by the General Assembly in June, you spoke of the commitment to push forward the issue of human rights on the Asian continent. Such a commitment can only be taken seriously if you are willing to begin at home. We ask you to stand behind your words by demanding the release of Amer Jubran from his unjust imprisonment by unaccountable agencies within the state of Jordan, and to use your position to end extensive human rights violations carried out by the GID and the State Security Court.

Sincerely,
The Amer Jubran Defense Campaign
National Lawyers Guild, Palestine Subcommittee
Defending Dissent Foundation

cc:  Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour (Jordan)
Minister of Interior Hussein Majali (Jordan)
Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni (Jordan)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

Action Call for June 5

ACTION ALERT FOR JUNE 5th AND UPDATE

1) Call and Fax Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran
2) Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali  
3) Post your concerns to the Jordanian Embassy’s Facebook page

***NEW TALKING POINTS and SAMPLE LETTERS below and attached.

Friends,

June 5th marks one month that Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan. He has still not been charged with any crime. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to legal counsel, phone calls, or contact with his family. We are gravely concerned about his safety and are urging all his supporters to act now.

On Thursday June 5th, the petition to free Amer Jubran will be sent to the Jordanian Embassy. Please do the following on Thursday June 5th:

1)    Call the Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at     (202) 966 – 2664
2)    Fax a letter to Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington,     DC at Fax  (202) 966 – 3110 (ready to fax- sample letter attached/below that can be     printed and signed)
3)    Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali  at Fax #011-962-6-5606908
(ready to fax- sample letter attached/below)
If possible, please fax this early Thursday morning, keeping in mind the 7 hour time difference.
4)  Post a comment regarding your grave concern about Amer Jubran to the Jordanian     Embassy’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JoEmbassyUS
Please be sure that Amer’s name and your critique of the Embassy’s handling of his case are     prominent in the first 2-3 lines (sample below).

Tip: When you make your call, say that you do not want to be transferred to the Consulate but wish to speak to the Ambassador’s office and leave a message for the Ambassador, because you have not received a response yet on action to be taken regarding Amer’s case.

Talking points:

1) Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan without charge for one month in violation of his basic rights to due process. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family;

2)  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. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention;

3) Hundreds  of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have expressed concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process. Over 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release;

4) Despite promises to the contrary, the Jordanian Embassy has not responded to phone calls, faxes, or a request to meet regarding the status of Amer Jubran; and

5) We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran. We demand Mr. Jubran be released immediately.

Sample posts to Jordanian Embassy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoEmbassyUS

**Please respond to human rights concerns about the detention of Amer Jubran!
http://freeamerpetition.wordpress.com/

**Amer Jubran has been detained in Jordan for one month without charge or access to a lawyer.
He should be released immediately!
http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594

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Sample letter to Embassy:

6/5/14

Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
3504 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone (202) 966 – 2664
Fax  (202) 966 – 3110
hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org

Dear Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran,

I am writing again to express my grave concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for one month. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family. He has not been charged with any crime. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

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. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, however, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Hundreds  of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s  release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have written letters expressing grave concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process and to freedom of speech. Approximately 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release.

Despite promises to the contrary, the Jordanian Embassy has not responded to phone calls, faxes, or requests to meet regarding the status of Amer Jubran.

We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran.

Mr Jubran has not been charged with any crime. He should be released immediately.

If he is to be charged,  he must have immediate
1) access to a lawyer of his choosing and prompt setting of reasonable bail;
2) evaluation by health care professionals;
3) release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition; and
4) visitation/contact with his family.

I expect a response to these concerns promptly.

Sincerely,

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Sample Letter Ministry

6/5/14

Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali
Ministry of the Interior
P.O. Box 100, Amman, Jordan
Telephone: 011-962-6-5691141
Fax: 011-962-6-5606908
info@moi.gov.jo

Dear Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali,

I am writing again to express my grave concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for one month. His whereabouts remain unknown and he has had no access to a lawyer, phone calls, or contact with his family. He has not been charged with any crime. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

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. The United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights has advised that Jordan should end its current practice of administrative detention. Jordan proclaims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties, however, Jordan’s use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention continues to be criticized in ongoing reports by international human rights organizations.

Hundreds  of people from around the world have joined the call for Amer Jubran’s  release, including the National Lawyer’s Guild http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=594. State representatives, a U.S. senator, and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus have written letters expressing grave concern about the violation of Mr. Jubran’s basic rights to due process and to freedom of speech. Approximately 300 people including human rights activists and lawyers concerned about the violation of his basic rights have signed a petition demanding his release.

We are gravely concerned about the rights and safety of Mr. Jubran.

Mr Jubran has not been charged with any crime. He should be released immediately.

If he is to be charged,  he must have immediate
1) access to a lawyer of his choosing and prompt setting of reasonable bail;
2) evaluation by health care professionals;
3) release of information regarding his whereabouts and condition; and
4) visitation/contact with his family.

I expect a response to these concerns promptly.

Sincerely,

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.”

May 19: Call and Fax

May 19: Call and Fax Jordanian Authorities, Sign Petition, Share

Thank you for your calls on behalf of Amer Jubran. Amer is still detained without charge or a lawyer. Your calls and faxes are helping to draw much needed attention to his case. Keep the pressure up!
Please read to the bottom of this message as there are several important action steps.

On Monday May 19th, please do the following:

1)    Call the Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at
(202) 966 – 2664(202) 966 – 2664
2)    Fax a letter to Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran at the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, DC at Fax  (202) 966 – 3110 (ready to fax- sample letter attached/below that can be printed and signed)
3)    Fax a letter to Jordan’s Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali  at Fax #011-962-6-5606908
(ready to fax- sample letter attached/below)
If possible, please fax this early Monday morning, keeping in mind the 7 hour time difference.

Talking points and tips:

1)    When you call, say that you do not want to be transferred to the Consulate but wish to speak to the Ambassador’s office and leave a message for the Ambassador, because you have not received a response yet on action to be taken regarding Amer’s case.

2)    Talking points:

**Amer Jubran was detained on May 5th, 2014.  He has been held  for more than 14 days     without charge or access to a lawyer.

**Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil     liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human     rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit     freedom of speech.

**Amer Jubran’s rights are being violated, and a response is expected as to what the Embassy     is doing in regards to this matter.

3)    Give your contact information for a response.

4)    Ask for your message to be read back to you.

There are other ways you can help Amer too.

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

2) 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) and forward the petition to 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/

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

4) Forward all action calls to your list of contacts.

Thank you for your support of Amer. He is someone who has always been a vocal advocate for the rights of people who are oppressed (in Palestine and elsewhere). Now he needs our voices.

Please do what you can.

Thank you,
Amer Jubran Defense

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Sample Letter to Embassy

5/19/14

Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
3504 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone (202) 966 – 2664(202) 966 – 2664
Fax  (202) 966 – 3110
hkjembassydc@jordanembassyus.org

Dear Ambassador Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran,

I am writing again to express my growing concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for more than 14 days. He has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Over the last few years, Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit freedom of speech.

The Jordanian Embassy has stated that it is looking into this matter, but no action or information has been forthcoming.

Freedom of speech is an internationally recognized human right. Mr. Jubran’s rights are clearly being violated by the Jordanian government. He should be released immediately.

Please let me know what you intend to do regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

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Sample letter to Ministry

5/19/14

Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali
Ministry of the Interior
P.O. Box 100, Amman, Jordan
Telephone: 011-962-6-5691141
Fax: 011-962-6-5606908
info@moi.gov.jo

Dear Interior Minister Hussein Al Majali,

I am writing to express my growing concern for Jordanian national Amer Jubran who was detained on May 5th, 2014 and has now been held for more than 14 days. He has not been charged with any crime and has had no access to a lawyer. Amer Jubran is a long-time Palestinian activist and a well-known voice of dissent in the Arab world.

Over the last few years, Jordan has made public claims that it is undergoing democratic reforms and respecting civil liberties. However, it continues to be the subject of ongoing reports by international human rights organizations concerning its use of arbitrary arrest and administrative detention to limit freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is an internationally recognized human right. Mr. Jubran’s rights are clearly being violated by the Jordanian government. He should be released immediately.

Sincerely,