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ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

Why is Mahmoud Abbas boasting of jailing Palestine’s youth?

  PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has boasted of his close cooperation with Israeli occupation forces. Shadi HatemAPA images Six men have launched a hunger strike after being arrested by secret police working for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. On Sunday, Basil al-Araj, Muhammad Harb, Haitham Siyaj, Muhammad al-Salameen, …

Al-Haq Condemns the Killing of Ahmad Halawa by Palestinian Security Forces and Calls for Accountability

Nablus resident Ahmad ‘Izzat Halawa, 50, was arrested by Palestinian Security on 23 August 2016 and died while in custody. Ahmad was arrested following the killing of two Palestinian security officers[1] and two “wanted” civilians[2] in Nablus on 18 August 2016. On August 23, Gen. Al-Damiri, Palestinian Security Forces spokesperson …

UN, Palestinian factions outraged over ‘extrajudicial execution’ by Palestinian police

By: Lily Leach BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations and Palestinian factions from across the political spectrum reacted with outrage after Palestinian security officers arrested  a Palestinian man and beat him to death in prison Tuesday morning, with the UN denouncing the killing as an “apparent extrajudicial execution.” Meanwhile, Palestinian political parties …

Protests in West Bank city after death of detainee

 Reuters, NablusTuesday, 23 August 2016 Nablus, the second largest city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was gripped by violent protests on Tuesday after the death of a Palestinian detainee shortly after he was seized by Palestinian security forces. Hundreds of protesters, some throwing stones, marched through the city to denounce …

International campaign to release 21 Palestinian journalists from Israeli jails

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) has launched an international campaign to pressure Israel to release 21 Palestinian journalists detained in Israeli prisons. PJS said in a statement on Monday that France, Britain, Italy, Spain and a number of European syndicates, as well as others in Latin American states, are participating …

3 Death Sentences implemented in Gaza without Presidential Ratification: PCHR Stresses it is Extra-judicial Execution and Strongly Condemns it

Ref: 30-2016 On Tuesday, 31 May 2016, security services in the Gaza Strip implemented 3 death sentences that were previously issued by the judicial authority in the Gaza Strip without the ratification of the Palestinian President. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns this step and stresses that …

Report – National conference on the benefits and challenges of signing and implementing OPCAT for Palestine

Since 2005, DCAF has been actively engaged with the Palestinian security forces, executive institutions, and civil society to promote accountability and compliance with human rights. In July 2015, it held a set of workshops and discussion forums on the topic, and presented the results to President Mahmoud Abbas and his Legal Advisor, Hasan Al-Ouri. The discussions and …

Palestinian woman sentenced by Israel to 45 days in prison over ‘Facebook incitement’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A lawyer for the Palestinian Authority’s committee for prisoners’s affairs said Monday that Israel’s Ofer military court has sentenced a young Palestinian woman from the southern occupied West Bank district Bethlehem to 45 days in prison over charges of incitement on her Facebook account.Jamil Saadah told Ma’an …

Qatar agrees to projects worth $20m in Gaza

Qatar yesterday signed a $20 million package of new projects in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing, Moffeed Al Hasina, and the Chairman of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, Ambassador Mohammed Al-Emadi,signed the deal in Gaza City. “Today we celebrate …