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Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010 6:39 PM (EST+7)
Human Rights Watch calls on PA to investigate torture in prisons

Read more: prisoners, torture, Palestinian Authority, security forces

RAMALLAH, Oct. 20 (JMCC) - Human Rights Watch called on the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to 'promptly investigate' the alleged torture of two detainees over the last month in a PA-run prison in Jericho.

Members of the Preventive Security agency, which reports to the minister of interior, arrested Ahmad Salhab, a 42-year-old mechanic from Hebron, on September 19, 2010, and detained him until October 16, first in Hebron and then in Jericho. On October 16, Preventive Security officials transferred him to a hospital in Hebron suffering from injury to previously torn spinal discs and severe mental distress, which he told Human Rights Watch resulted from torture in custody. The second man, M.B., who asked that his name not be used, was arrested September 16 and held first in the Preventive Security detention facility in Hebron and then in Jericho, where, he said, he was tortured for 10 days. Both were accused of having ties to Hamas. The human rights commission said that Salhab's and M.B.'s are the first cases of alleged torture in the Jericho prison.

The reports of torture by Palestinian security services keep rolling in, said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad are well aware of the situation. They need to reverse this rampant impunity and make sure that those responsible are prosecuted.

On August 31, Hamas's armed wing, Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four Israeli settlers in the Hebron area. The Palestinian Authority (PA) subsequently detained hundreds of people around Hebron who were suspected of Hamas ties...

Read more about this story at Human Rights Watch...






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