TI Arab Region Chapters Condemn Arbitrary Arrest in Occupied Palestinian Territories

TI Arab Region Chapters Condemn Arbitrary Arrest in Occupied Palestinian Territories

We, the Chairman and members of the Board of Directors and employees of the AMAN Coalition, thank the colleagues in the Arab chapters of Transparency International for their solidarity with the CEO of AMAN because of the arbitrary arrest of his son Saleh Majdi Abu Zaid by the Israeli occupation. AMAN Coalition has previously been subjected to previous arbitrary arrests targeting its researchers, and family members of its staff. In this regard, AMAN confirms that the Israeli arrests to Palestinians are considered a violation of the multiple violations of the occupation that affect the Palestinian people, the most prominent of which were the confiscation of land and resources, incitement to corruption, and encouragement of looting Palestinian funds.

TI Arab Region Chapters Condemn Arbitrary Arrest in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Transparency International's national chapters in the Arab region are united in expressing their solidarity following the arrest and arbitrary detention by the Israeli military of the Law university student, Saleh Majdi Abu Zaid, son of our colleague Majdi Abu Zaid, Executive Director of the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity – AMAN, Transparency International’s chapter in Palestine.

Following his arrest at an Israeli military checkpoint in the Occupied West Bank, Salih Majdi Abu Zaid has been held for over ten days without charge and without access to a lawyer. His family have received no information regarding his arrest while he was returning from a picnic with friends, and have no access to him.

We call for his immediate release, as well as the release of all who are illegally detained without charge and without access to a fair trial because of their refusal and resistance to occupation.

Saleh Majdi Abu Zaid’s arrest is only one of approximately seven thousand similar cases of the use of arbitrary arrest and detention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These are conducted without fair or transparent procedures, and in breach of international laws and standards related to human rights and legal process.

We condemn the use of such measure to restrict freedom of expression and the legitimate activities of civil society in Palestine.

Bahrain Transparency Association - Bahrain

Rasheed for Transparency and Integrity - Jordan

Kuwait Transparency Association - Kuwait

Lebanese Transparency Association - Lebanon

Transparency Maroc - Morocco

I Watch Organisation - Tunisia