The Tom Hurndall Student Protection Project is LPHR’s initiative to tackle the systematic targeting of Palestinian university students for military detention by Israel’s military authorities in violation of basic human rights. Cases have surged since August 2019 of students being criminalised and arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression. LPHR will submit complaints to relevant UN Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs, and engage with governments and parliamentarians.
LPHR emphasises there is a continuum in the systematic targeting of children for military detention (see our Children’s Rights Project) and the targeting of university students for military detention. This punitive practice that foreseeably and immeasurably harms young Palestinian lives needs to end immediately.
This crucial project is named in honour and memory of Tom Hurndall, a courageous, British photojournalism student passionate about truth and justice. Tom was shot in the head as he carried a Palestinian child out of the range of an Israeli army sniper in the town of Rafah in the occupied Gaza Strip. Tom died nine months later in hospital in London, on 13 January 2004, aged only 22-years-old. In his journals,‘The Only House Left Standing: The Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall’, Tom wrote discerningly and objectively about the injustices he had witnessed in Gaza and that had a profound effect on him. This project is an extension of Tom’s profound legacy.
The Tom Hurndall Student Protection Project has the full support of Tom’s mother and LPHR Trustee, Jocelyn Hurndall.
News, Blogs, Events & Urgent Actions
- Requesting the UK Government’s intervention in the prolonged unlawful arbitrary military detention of three young female Palestinian Birzeit University students: Ms Layan Kayed, Ms Elyaa Abu Hijla and Ms Ruba AsiUrgent Action24th February 2021
- LPHR, Addameer and Fobzu Statement on International Education Day: Highlighting the systematic targeting of Palestinian university students for prolonged arbitrary military detention by Israel’s military authoritiesNews item24th January 2021
- LPHR interview on the growing military targeting of Palestinian university students and the launch of the Tom Hurndall Student Protection ProjectBlog10th December 2020
- LPHR and Addameer complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the ongoing Israeli military detention of three female Palestinian students from Birzeit UniversityNews item2nd October 2020
- LPHR and Addameer statement on the release of Birzeit University female Student Union Council head, Ms Shatha Hasan, and ongoing targeting of Palestinian university studentsNews item4th June 2020
- LPHR and Addameer complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the ongoing Israeli military detention without charge or trial of 22-year old Palestinian student from Birzeit University, Ms Shatha HasanNews item21st May 2020