Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association views with great concern the increasing numbers of Palestinian university students who have been recently arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces on grounds of political affiliation. Following the latest student council elections at Birzeit University, PA General Intelligence Service arrested the President-elect of the Student Council, Abdulmajid Hasan, after having brutally assaulted him in front of his home. Four other Birzeit University students are also among those who were arrested within the last few days and continue to be detained by PA security forces are: Yahya Qasem, Abdullah Abu Qayyas, Abdulghani Fares, and Fouzi Abu Kweik. The current arrest campaign carried out by the Palestinian Security Forces against students of Palestinian universities in the West Bank is attributed to the wrapping up of student council elections in a number of these academic institutions.
Addameer Association calls upon the Palestinian Attorney General, Counselor Akram Al-Khatib, and the heads of the Palestinian Security Forces for the immediate release of all arrested students on the pretext of political affiliations and their unionized student activities, and to cease all prosecution of university students out of respect to the obligations of the State of Palestine under the international conventions and covenants that it signed.