administrative detention campaign- success!

Nura Al Hashlamon, one of the subjects of Amnesty Internationals Administrative Detention campaign, was released from prison on Sunday, in advance of Ramadan. Her release came after nearly two years in administrative detention. Speaking by telephone from her home on 1 September, she said she had received several letters from Amnesty International members in Europe, which was encouraging especially after a hunger strike or other unpleasant events. She is home in time to spend Ramadan with her children, though her husband is still in prison.

It is always hard to know the impact of Amnesty’s campaign, and certainly the Israeli authorities will never indicate if external lobbying pressure was a factor in considering Nura for release, but I have a suspicion that it does play a role.

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~ by k-rock and l-jive on September 3, 2008.

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