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Observatory: The Palestinian Authority is waging a fierce war on the freedom of the press and inflicting journalists in the cellars of torture

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Observatory: The Palestinian Authority is waging a fierce war on the freedom of the press and inflicting journalists in the cellars of torture


The Palestinian security services of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank last week launched a campaign of arrests, the most violent this month, targeting eight journalists who were arrested under conditions of intimidation to respect freedom of the press and the media and to raid their homes, confiscate their personal computers and intimidate their families and put them in the cellars of torture, which has become famous for human slaughterhouses in the West Bank , their detention was later extended under the so-called Electronic Crimes Law, which was designed to restrict freedoms and arrest activists or opponents of the Palestinian Authority, under which dozens of young activists were arrested through social media and brought to unfair trials and blocked more than thirty electronic news websites In the past months in the West Bank.

The International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations strongly condemns the barbaric arrest campaign by the Palestinian security services to suppress freedoms and the shutting of mouths, intimidation of journalists in order to silence them. The Observatory also rejects the continuation of these arbitrary police measures, which have witnessed a high frequency in the West Bank since the beginning of 2017, Which the Observatory regards as an unacceptable infringement on the freedom of the media and public freedoms which was guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and the international conventions which the Palestinian Authority and it's president have always boasted of signing to the international community.

The Observatory asserts that the practices of the Palestinian Authority and the police security apparatuses represent serious violations of human rights that can not be justified under any circumstances or objective. In these police practices, the work of the press became a crime in the Palestinian state ruled by Mr. Mahmoud Abbas with the police grip. Unfortunately, the international community still disregards the record. The most terrible and most egregious violations of human rights practiced in the West Bank, from arbitrary arrests, through the spread of the phenomenon of torture in all security centers with the development of secret prisons and torture cells and the new human slaughterhouses, in addition to following the policy of shutting mouths and isolating the West Bank from the outside world to obscure the violations committed, not to mention the intimidation of press and human rights organizations, the prosecution of activists on social networking sites, the suppression of freedom of opinion and expression, the blocking of electronic news sites and the latest violations. And striking all the international conventions and laws that the Authority undertook to protect.

The International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations calls on the international community to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to immediately release journalists detained in its prisons and stop systematic and gross violations of human rights. The Observatory stresses the need to establish an international mechanism to bring all those involved in human rights violations, Which have become increasingly classified as crimes against humanity, and the need to provide international protection for the freedom of press work.


International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations
Argentina - Buenos Aires
13/8/2017