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Skyline International has condemned the trial of Palestinian activist Issa Amr by a Hebron court for expressing his views on social media sites criticizing the Palestinian Authority and defending human rights.
The organization based in Stockholm, said that Amr received threats from people close to the Palestinian Authority and “Fateh” through social media, and this comes along with his trial on charges which files have been closed in advance by the Palestinian judiciary, where it was scheduled to take place on Thursday 28 March 2019.

According to available information, Amr, the founder of the “Youth Against Settlement” group, was arrested in September 2017 after criticizing the arrest of a journalist in Hebron for criticizing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He was detained for seven days. He was tortured and beaten by interrogators before he was released by a fine of $1400.
Amro was charged with “threatening public security” under the “Cybercrimes Law” and “inciting sectarian strife under the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960.

Issa Amr was informed by the Palestinian court that the charges against him were dropped after he was released in 2017. His case was closed but was returned last month to open the same case against on the backdrop of criticizing the Palestinian Authority’s violations as well as the Israeli’s.

Jamil said that Amr’s trial for expressing his opinion is a clear violation of the provisions of the Palestinian Basic Law and articles 19 and 13 in particular, in violation of international conventions and laws. The threat against him is a crime under the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960, under which Amr is tried.

Jamil called on the Palestinian authorities to stop the trial of Amr and other activists and human rights defenders, stressing that they need full freedom due to their role in exposing the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinians. At the same time Amr will be tried by an Israeli court on April 1, Next April.
Skyline International has taken its position on the Palestinian Cybercrime Law, which contains loose provisions that may affect the freedom of opinion and expression, the right to press work and access to information, and contrary to the rights guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law.