Human Rights Watch: Palestinian authorities routinely ‘arrest and torture’ critics

According to a new report of Human Rights Watch, Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza have engaged in a systematic crackdown on dissent, including the use of torture that may amount to a crime against humanity. “We documented dozens of cases of people detained for a Facebook post, for writing a critical article in a mainstream publication, for protesting, for being involved with the wrong group or movement,” said Omar Shakir, Israel-Palestine director for HRW, at a press conference in Ramallah announcing the report.


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