Last week, Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh was invited to exhibit his work at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, by human rights organization Al-Haq. In an extraordinary and inexplicable incident, the content of an exhibition by Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh went missing.
The official press release from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates:
Late on the evening of Wednesday 04 December 2019, the art exhibition hosted by the State of Palestine and Palestinian Human Rights Organization Al-Haq was maliciously removed and hidden without authorization from the hallways of the World Forum. The exhibit was held on the occasion of the 18th session of the Assembly of the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemns in the strongest terms this hateful act. We view it as a desperate attempt to silence the voices of Palestinian victims, which were so powerfully reflected in the exhibition. The artwork by internationally-renowned Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh depicted the impact of the criminal policies and practices of the Israeli occupation on the victims in the situation in Palestine.
We have been formally informed that the Court is currently conducting an investigating into this grave incident. We expect this investigation to be thorough and transparent and that strong measures will be taken following its conclusion.
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