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Case summary Nour Merheb

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2 July 2008

Human Rights and Strategic Nonviolent activist Nour Merheb was assaulted by a person named “J.Z.” outside of the building where he worked.

In the investigation conducted by the military police, the aggressor “J.Z.” claimed that Nour held out a knife against him, which caused him to commit an assault in self defence.

The conclusion to this investigation held that officer “J.Z.” was responsible for the incident, and that Nour Merheb did not hold a knife against him.

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  • Liban
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  • Défenseur des droits de l'homme

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Dear Mr Shaul Mofaz, Minister of Defence I am very concerned about the imprisonment of conscientious objectors in Israel.


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1 Conscription

conscription exists

Conscription was first introduced in 1983 by Law 110/1983.

For years this law was not implemented.


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