EU slams Israeli decision to revoke visa of human rights defender

BRUSSELS, The European Union condemned Tuesday the decision by Israeli authorities two weeks ago to revoke the work visa of Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Country Director of the human rights organisation Human Rights Watch.

“The European Union expects the Israeli authorities to reverse their decision, as otherwise Israel would join a very short list of countries which have barred entry to, or expelled, Human Rights Watch staff,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement.

The EU also called on the Israeli government to conduct a swift investigation into circumstances surrounding events last week in Haifa which appeared to result in serious injury of Jafar Farah, Director of the NGO Mossawa, the Advocacy Centre for Arab Citizens in Israel.

The EU continues to stand for an open and conducive environment for civil society, within Europe, in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory and around the world, added the statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency