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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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Egyptian officials in Gaza on eve of Palestinian unity talks

GAZA CITY – Egyptian delegates arrived in Gaza Sunday on the eve of a fresh attempt at reconciliation between the strip’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement, an official said. West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is to make his first visit to Gaza since 2015 …

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Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts

4 September 2017, 18:25 UTC The arrest of a Palestinian human rights defender today who criticized the Palestinian authorities on Facebook is a shameless attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO …

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Palestine: Dangerous escalation in attacks on freedom of expression

23 August 2017, 10:38 UTC The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and their rivals, the de-facto Hamas administration in Gaza, have both tightened the noose on freedom of expression in recent months, launching a repressive clampdown on dissent that has seen journalists from opposition media outlets interrogated and detained in a …

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Palestinian officials meet to discuss Al-Aqsa restrictions following Jerusalem attack

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials held a meeting on Sunday to discuss recent Israeli measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, days after a deadly shooting attack led to the death of three Palestinian citizens of Israel and two Israeli police officers — also Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. The …

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PA extends detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat

09 July 2017 Yesterday, 8 July 2017, The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ramallah extended the detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat for 48 hours. Addameer’s lawyer Anas Al-Barghouthi said that interrogation with Barakat was about “taking photos” of the motorcade of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah near a checkpoint east …

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“MADA” demands the immediate release of detained journalists

Ramallah – (9/7-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) is gravely concerned about the drastically rising number of Palestinian Violations and the continuation and escalation of internal violations against media freedoms.   As the most recent of which, was the arrest of the correspondent of “Palestine …

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DCAF Ramallah: Promoting gender equality in the Palestinian security forces and their conversion to the CEDAW Convention: Integrating gender in security sector reform: Closing conference

Closing the gender project conference DCAF, in close cooperation with the Gender Consultative Committee (GCC) and the Ministry of Interior, conducted a closing conference at the Ankars Suites and Hotel in Ramallah. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the GCC, aecid, …

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Palestinians protest over PA-Israel security ties

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – The killing of a prominent Palestinian political activist in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah by the Israeli occupation army last week has once again exposed one of the most controversial truths of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a semi-governmental body ruling three million Palestinians …

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Evidence shows Palestinian security forces violently suppressed peaceful protest in Ramallah

13 March 2017, 17:44 UTC Photographic evidence and witness testimony gathered by Amnesty International at the scene suggest that Palestinian security forces used excessive force to violently suppress a peaceful protest outside of the Ramallah District Court in the West Bank on 12 March 2017. Ten minutes after the protest …

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