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Release conscientious objector Udi Segal - imprisoned for the fifth time

  • Israel
Not sent after:
  • 9 Nov 2014
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Minister of Defence Moshe Ya`alon). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Udi Segal - imprisoned for the fifth time

Dear Moshe Ya'alon,

Udi Segal, a conscientious objector from Kibbutz Tuval, has been imprisoned for his refusal to join the Israeli army.

He was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment on 30th October and is now in Military Prison no. 6.

This is Udi's fifth imprisonment.

Udi refuses to enlist in the Israeli Army based on beliefs and conscience. He claims his human right to conscientious objection, as guaranteed by Article 18 of the ICCPR. In a decision from January 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognised the right to conscientious objection as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as guaranteed by Article 18 ICCPR.

In October in their Concluding Observations the United Nations' Human Rights Committee reiterated their concern that those whose conscientious objection applications are rejected may be repeatedly imprisoned for their refusal to serve in the armed forces. The called upon Israel to refrain from repeated imprisonment for refusal to serve in the armed forces, which constitutes a violation of the principle of ne bis in idem.

I urge you to immediately release Udi Segal, all other conscientious objectors, and ensure that Udi is not re-imprisoned in future.

Yours sincerely,