International Lawyers’ Organization Passes Resolutions to Release Salah Hamouri and the Holy Land Five, Condemns German Anti-Palestinian Repression

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers, an international coalition of lawyers and legal organizations accredited to ECOSOC and UNESCO, has virtually convened its Council meeting on 3-4 December 2022 to discuss a number of important issues.

The IADL, which brings together progressive lawyers and legal organizations from every continent, addressed a variety of global issues during the council meeting, including political prisoners in Turkey, the United Nations advocacy group, the situation in Ukraine, developments in Brazil, international peace conferences and the upcoming International People’s Tribunal on US imperialism: sanctions, blockades and economic coercion. He reviewed and passed several resolutions related to Palestine and the Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for justice and liberation.

A resolution passed by the IADL calls for the immediate release of French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri to his home in Jerusalem and urges the French government to take meaningful measures to prevent his Jerusalem residency being revoked and the threat of deportation threatened, including the refusal to accept this deportation flight.

The second IADL resolution on Palestine supports the Free the Holy Land Five campaign and highlights the cases of Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu Baker and Mufid Abdulqader as outrageous violations of civil and human rights in the United States.

Another IADL resolution highlighted German repression against Palestinians and supporters of Palestine and called on the German federal and state governments to end the ongoing practices of political bans, threats of deportation, attacks on student visas and the criminalization of protests and demonstrations for justice and liberation in Palestine, highlighting examples such as the political ban and expulsion of Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat, the political ban and deportation of former political prisoner and torture survivor Rasmea Odeh, and the Berlin ban on Nakba commemorations.

Finally, the IADL also supported the Kick Out Apartheid campaign and a letter from lawyers calling on FIFA to take action against Israeli apartheid in football by expelling the Israel Football Association.

Since the IADL’s founding in Paris in 1946, IADL members have taken part in the struggles that have made violations of the human rights of groups and individuals and threats to international peace and security issues of international law. Since its inception, IADL members around the world have protested against racism, colonialism, and economic and political injustice wherever it violates legal and human rights, often at the expense of the personal safety and economic well-being of these jurists. Among others, IADL members in the United States, Canada, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Togo, South Africa, Bangladesh and India attended the convocation of the council.

Read and download resolutions:

Salah Hamouri (download PDF)

IADL – Freedom for Salah Hamouri

Liberate the Holy Land Five (Download PDF)

IADL – Holy Land Five

German Repression (Download PDF)

IADL – Germany and Palestine