Uriel Ferera: Conscientious objector in prison for the tenth time

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Dear Moshe Ya'alon,

Uriel Ferera, a conscientious objector from Be’er Sheva, has been imprisoned for the tenth time for his refusal to join the Israeli military.

He was sentenced to 20 days imprisonment on 18 November and is now in Military Prison no. 4.

Repeated imprisonment is a violation of international legal standards. Just last month, the UN Human Rights Committee, in its Concluding observations, reiterated their concern that individuals whose conscientious objection applications are rejected may be repeatedly imprisoned. They called upon the Israeli authorities to refrain from repeated imprisonment for refusal to serve in the armed forces, which may constitute a violation of the principle of ne bis in idem.

Uriel Ferera 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.

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

Yours sincerely,