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Palestinian Authority, Hamas Muzzle Critics, Opponents

(Ramallah) – Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. From January 2018 through March 2019, the…
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Arbitrary Arrests, Torture Systematic

(Ramallah) – The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. As the Palestinian…
Palestinian riot police confront demonstrators protesting security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 23, 2014.
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Pact Could Tie Berlin’s Agents to Torture, Disappearances

(Berlin) – The German parliament should reject a proposed security agreement with the Egyptian Interior Ministry, Human Rights Watch said today. The agreement, which is scheduled for a vote on April 28, 2017, lacks human rights protections and would be…
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands following a news conference at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt on March 2, 2017.
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In 2004, four Iraqis filed a criminal complaint with the German federal prosecutor against senior United States officials alleging torture by US armed forces in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The US government strongly protested and warned that the complaint…
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Death, Destruction, and Massive Arrests

(Jerusalem) – Israel’s military operations in the West Bank following the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers have amounted to collective punishment. The military operations included unlawful use of force, arbitrary arrests, and illegal home…
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Killings, Unlawful Home Demolitions of Palestinians Increase

(Jerusalem) – Human rights abuses by Israel and by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank grew during 2013, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Israeli forces killed more Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and demolished…
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Hunger-Striking Palestinian Detainees Denied Due Process

(Jerusalem) – Israel should immediately charge or release Palestinians detained without charge or trial for prolonged periods and stop denying them and their lawyers access to evidence of their alleged crimes. On February 22, 2013, an Israeli military…
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Since it took control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has executed at least three men convicted on the basis of "confessions" apparently obtained under torture. Two families tell their stories.
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Criminal Justice Reforms Urgently Needed

(Gaza City) – Palestinians face serious abuses in the Hamas criminal justice system, including arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention, torture, and unfair trials. Since it took control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has executed at least three men convicted on…
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Red Cross Highlights Risk for Hunger Strikers

(Jerusalem) – Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) should immediately charge or release men they are detaining arbitrarily and investigate alleged abuses against them in custody. At least three men on hunger strike to protest their detention by…
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But policy of detaining hundreds of Palestinians for years without charges remains in effect

Khader Adnan may live to see his 34th birthday after all. He has been on hunger strike for 66 days to protest against his “administrative detention,” which allows the Israeli military to detain Palestinians without charge, indefinitely, on the basis of…
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In response to article "In einer weit, weit entfernten Galaxie" by Daniel Broessler

Daniel Broessler’s story (18 November 2011) on Guido Westerwelle’s recent trip to Turkmenistan captures the country’s many bizarre, and worrying sides. Mr Broessler was one of the few people to hear of the foreign minister’s visit before it happened. The…
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UK, US Donors Should Cut Aid to Abusive Palestinian Security Agencies

(Jerusalem) - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should order an independent investigation into the death of Haitham Amer, Human Rights Watch said today. Amer died 18 months ago, allegedly under torture by Palestinian security agents. A…
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Two New Cases Among More Than 100 in 2010 Alleged Against Security Services

(Jerusalem) - The Palestinian Authority should promptly investigate the alleged torture of two detainees over the past month in a Jericho prison and ensure that officials responsible for the abuse are prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today. These two…
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Torture is prohibited under international law, at anytime and anywhere. No exceptions are allowed. Yet the UK, France and Germany are engaged in ongoing counterterrorism cooperation with foreign intelligence services in countries that routinely use…
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 “No Questions Asked” Intelligence Cooperation with Countries that Torture Executive Summary Background International Law on Torture The obligation to prevent and punish torture Torture material as evidence…
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Don’t Accept Torture Intelligence From Abusive Countries

(London) - France, Germany, and the United Kingdom use foreign intelligence obtained under torture in the fight against terrorism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 62-page report, "'No Questions Asked': Intelligence Cooperation…
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Renewed International Pressure Needed for Independent Investigations

(Jerusalem) - Israel's investigations into serious laws-of-war violations by its forces during last year's Gaza war lack thoroughness and credibility, while Hamas has conducted no credible investigations at all, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…