PA, Hamas routinely use torture to crush dissent, human rights report finds

(Worthy News) - Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments in both the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, a Human Rights Watch investigation has found.

The charges come in a report issued Tuesday by the New York-based watchdog following a two-year investigation that included interviews with nearly 150 people, many of them former detainees.

In the report, the group accused both the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and militant Islamist Hamas in Gaza of using "machineries of repression" to stifle criticism. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More...) ]

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