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(Photo: Reuters/Mohammed Salem)Young Palestinians take part in a military exercise graduation ceremony at a summer camp organised by Hamas's armed wing, east of Gaza City, July 22, 2016.
A leading human rights watchdog has called out the Palestinian authorities for establishing police states in which peaceful protestors are regularly arrested and brutally tortured.
Report - Tuesday - Authorities - Way - Zero
In a new 149-page report published Tuesday titled "Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent," the New York-based Human Rights Watch states that Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza have established "machineries of repression to crush dissent."
"Both the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza have in recent years carried out scores of arbitrary arrests for peaceful criticism of the authorities, particularly on social media, among independent journalists, on university campuses, and at demonstrations," the report explains.
Fatah-Hamas - Feud - Attempts - Reconciliation - PA
"As the Fatah-Hamas feud deepened despite attempts at reconciliation, PA security services have targeted supporters of Hamas and vice versa. Relying primarily on overly broad laws that criminalize activity such as causing 'sectarian strife' or insulting 'higher authorities,' the PA and Hamas use detention to punish critics and deter them and others from further activism. In detention, security forces routinely taunt, threaten, beat, and force detainees into painful stress positions for hours at a time."
The report comes on the heels of a two-year investigation into the patterns of arrest and the conditions of detention. The report relies on information from 86 cases in the West Bank and Gaza and 147 interviews with ex-detainees, family members, lawyers and other experts.
Investigators - Video - Evidence - Reports - Court
Investigators were also able to review video and photographic evidence, medical reports and court documents.
The report implicates security agencies including Hamas' Internal Security, the Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security, Intelligence Services and the Joint Security Committee for perpetrating what could be...
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