Woman human rights defender Khitam Saafin sentenced
13 Feb 2022
Rights at stake and state’s obligations
The actor of the backlash
The form of backlash
On 13 February, Khitam Saafin – WHRD and president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) - was sentenced to 16 months in prison and a fine. Israel had designated UPWC a terrorist organisation in October 2021 and one of the charges against her was being the director of a banned organisation, according to the New Arab.
She had been arrested in November 2020 and had been held in detention without charge until the court sentence in February 2022.
see Front Line Defenders, The New Arab
Initiatives to support : Case profile from Front Line Defenders; Urgent Intervention by OMCT (in 2021 when she was first detained)
*** UPDATE: Khitam Saafin was finally released in May 2022 under the condition that she would renounce her work in human rights. ***