Professor Avery Gordon interviews Sahar Francis (Addameer) on the struggle from and for the Palestinian Prisoners (MP3, 30′)

“Sahar Francis is a lawyer, activist and the Director of Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, whose name in Arabic means conscience, and which was founded in 1992 by a group of activists to provide free legal aid to political prisoners and to advocate for prisoners’ rights. I spoke with her in the office in Ramallah when I was there in March. More information about Addameer can be found at: She is asking people to support the case of Khalida Jarrar. More information can be fond here:”

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Prison activist and editor. Currently preparing a book on the introduction of maximum security prisons in Belgium and Europe, including the practice of solitary confinement. In 2008, Luk started the Belgian Prisoners' Family & Friends Association. ( In 2009, with Farida Aarrass he launched the Campaign Free Ali Aarrass ( ). In 2012 he organised the Committee of the Families of European detainees in Morocco ( Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011). Contributions : « Etats généraux sur les conditions carcérales en Europe : La condition pénitentiaire, regards belges, français et européens"» (2010, éditions MGER) ; « The violence of incarceration: a response from mainland Europe »(2010, Race & Class) ; « Gevangenissen: spiegel van onze samenleving » (2013, MO Mondiaal Nieuws) Publishing house :

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