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Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent

In the 25 years since Palestinians gained a degree of self-rule over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, their authorities have established machineries of repression to crush dissent, including through the use of torture.

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Cabinet vows to investigate Human Rights Watch findings

The Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, reviewed in its weekly meeting on Wednesday the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian areas and vowed to investigate its findings and recommendations in cooperation with all related parties and authorities, according …

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Abbas’ UN speech draws deeper wedge between Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech before the United Nations Sept. 27, triggering a wave of media accusations between Hamas and Fatah. Security forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip targeted advocates of both parties in reciprocal arrest campaigns between Sept. 24 and 27.

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View the Amnesty International Report 2017/18

Palestine (State of) 2017/2018 The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip escalated their restrictions on freedom of expression. In both areas, security forces tortured and otherwise ill-treated detainees with impunity. The authorities in the West Bank took punitive actions against …

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PA security services carried out 4,000 rights violations against Palestinians in 2017

The Committee of Families of Political Prisoners in the West Bank has revealed that the Palestinian Authority’s own security services carried out 4,071 human rights violations against Palestinian citizens in 2017, Safa News Agency reported on Friday.

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Will Palestinian Authority revamp PLO?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 27, the two rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas delayed to Dec. 10 the final transfer of power over the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — which was set for Dec. 1 under the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo Oct. 12. This comes …

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Factions differ on priorities in Palestine talks

Cairo: Rival Palestinian factions resumed reconciliation talks in Cairo on Tuesday as differences surfaced over the best way to implement their deal to end a decade-old rift that has hampered efforts towards statehood. The Palestinian National Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, retook control of Gaza’s border crossings …

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UN warns of conflict in Gaza if talks fail

United Nations: Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions, …

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