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EI Updates: Al Haq worker released; Palestinians attacked by Iraqi security forces

Posted by uscsjp on March 20, 2007


Al-Haq Fieldworker Released from Administrative Detention 
Report, Al-Haq, 19 March 2007 

On 18 March 2007, Al-Haq fieldworker and human rights
defender, Ziyad Hmeidan, was dropped off by the Israel
Prison Service (IPS) at the Dahiriya (Meitar) checkpoint,
south of Hebron, at around 14:15, marking the end of
almost two years of detention without charge or fair
trial. From the checkpoint Ziyad travelled to the village
of Sa'ir, where he met briefly with a number of Al-Haq's
staff, before heading on to Bethlehem, where he was
reunited with his wife and two young children. Ziyad's
release, similar to the entire process which arbitrarily
deprived him of his freedom for 20 months, was marked by
obstructions from the Israeli authorities.



Palestinian refugees at a camp outside Baghdad. (IRIN)


Police raids spread panic among Palestinians in Iraq 


Report, The Electronic Intifada, 19 March 2007 

BAGHDAD, 18 March 2007 (IRIN) - The United Nations has
reiterated its call for the protection of Palestinian
refugees in Iraq after Iraqi security forces killed one
and detained dozens in raids last week, causing a number
of Palestinian families to flee to the border. "One
Palestinian, [who was] a guard at a mosque, was killed
with at least one gunshot to the head during the raid on
Wednesday," said Ron Redmond, chief spokesman for the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in
 Geneva on Friday. The agency called for the immediate
protection of Palestinians in Iraq.

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