Skyline urges the Palestinian Authority to release journalist Tariq Al-Sarkji promptly and to uphold press freedom standards
Skyline International Foundation for Human Rights strongly condemns the arrest of journalist Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji, 37, by Palestinian security forces at his home in Nablus city on Sunday night, calling his arrest “arbitrary and outside the legal framework”
In a statement issued today, Thursday, Skyline states that it views with great concern the ongoing attacks on journalists in the West Bank, which have increased in recent months and, calls for the unconditional release of Al-Sarkji and an end to the persecution of journalists and media freedom in the West Bank.
It should be noted that according to his family, the journalist Al-Sarkji suffers from several diseases (blood diabetes, blood pressure and gout). Sumaya Azzam Jawabra
The arrest of journalist Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji by Palestinian security forces raises concerns regarding potential violations of international laws and human rights conventions. analysis highlighting the potential contradictions:
Skyline International Foundation for Human Rights states that the arrest of Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji is arbitrary. Arbitrary arrests are considered a violation of human rights, as they undermine the principle of due process and the right to liberty and security of the person. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) prohibit arbitrary arrests and emphasize the importance of fair and impartial proceedings.
Skyline emphasizes that journalists urnalists play a crucial role in promoting freedom of expression and upholding the right to access information. In this regard, the arrest Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji can raise concerns about the infringement of freedom of expression, which is protected by various international human rights instruments, including the UDHR and the ICCPR. These instruments emphasize the importance of a free press and the right of journalists to carry out their work without undue interference.
Accordingly, Skyline affirms that the continued detention of journalist Al-Sarkji constitutes an obstruction to the work of journalists and a violation of the freedom of journalistic work guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and enshrined in the international agreements to which the State of Palestine is a party, as well as a violation of its obligation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
At the end of its statement, Skyline urges the Palestinian Authority to prioritize the protection of human rights and uphold the principles of freedom of expression and due process by releasing journalist Tariq Yousef Al-Sarkji. His arrest has raised concerns about potential violations of international laws and human rights conventions. By releasing Al-Sarkji, the Palestinian Authority would demonstrate its commitment to respecting the rights of individuals within its jurisdiction and promoting a free and independent press. Upholding these values not only strengthens democratic principles but also contributes to fostering a society where diverse voices and viewpoints can thrive.