PA Arrests About 30 Palestinian Activists Who Were Peacefully Demonstrating – 27 Aug. 2021 Daily Press Briefing – (Excerpts)

27 AUGUST 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  I have two questions.  The first, the Palestinian Authority last Saturday arrested about 30 Palestinian activists who were peacefully demonstrating in favour of a transparent trial of the killers of Nizar Banat.  Do you have any comment on that?

Spokesman:  Listen, we have…  about the specific case, we’ve expressed our concern.  We’ve called for a full investigation, and we always stand by the people’s right to demonstrate freely and peacefully and for the authorities to allow them to do so free of harassment.

Question:  My second question…

Spokesman:  Ev…  yes.

Question:  …Stéphane, about the Palestinian woman arrested in March and she was four months pregnant, she’s expected to give birth anytime, any day now.  And I raised her case before, and I sent a letter that she sent from her prison cell, appealing to the whole world to let her give birth in a hospital, not in a prison cell.  However, Mr. Tor Wennesland did not respond to my letter.  Do you have any explanation?

Spokesman:  Let me reach out and find out what the situation is.


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