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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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Lack of Justice All Too Familiar for Victims of Torture in Egypt

Tomorrow, the new Italian ambassador will take up office in Cairo, almost a year-and-a-half after Italy recalled its former emissary in protest over Egypt’s “unsatisfactory” investigation into the February 2016 torture and murder of…
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28 Years of Failure to Pass Law Denies Justice to Victims, Shames the Country

How is it possible that in a western European country torture not only happens but isn’t even criminalized? Last Friday marked the 2nd anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling in favour of Arnaldo Cestaro, one of the…
Judges of the European Court of Human Rights sit in the courtroom during a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, June 10, 2015.
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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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Panama Releases Ex-CIA Figure Wanted for Rendition

(Milan) – Italy should continue its efforts to obtain justice for abuses by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), despite Panama’s decision to free a former CIA Milan station chief wanted by Italy. Media reports indicated that Panamanian…
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Back in 2009 when Italy convicted a number of CIA officials in absentia for abducting a cleric and sending him off to Egypt where he was severely tortured, no one thought that the CIA officials would ever face the music. That may change with the arrest in…
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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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Italian High Court Upholds Convictions as Washington Closes the Book on Abuse Cases

(Milan) – The ruling by Italy’s highest court to uphold convictions against 23 United States agents stands in stark contrast to the US failure to prosecute any official involved in the Central Intelligence Agency’s unlawful rendition program. On September…
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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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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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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…