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Release conscientious objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi

Dear Avigdor Lieberman, Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi have been imprisoned for their refusal to join the Israeli military. Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi refuse to enlist in the Israeli Army based on beliefs and conscience. They claim their 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. This is Alon's and Ze'evi's third imprisonment. Repeated imprisonment is a violation of international legal standards. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in opinion 24/2003 on Israel came to the conclusion that the repeated imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Israel is arbitrary, and therefore it constitutes a violation of 14 par 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Israel is a signatory. I urge you to immediately release Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi, all other conscientious objectors, and ensure they are not re-imprisoned in future. Yours sincerely,