Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University, Palestine

Talk on NEW HRW Report, ‘Abusive System: Failures of Criminal Justice in Gaza’

Bill van Esveld, Senior Researcher on Palestine/Israel, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Sunday, 14 October 2012, 8AM in Room 107, AQB Building (hosted by Prof Emilio Dabed’s class, ‘Human Rights in the Arab World and Islam’)

The talk will discuss the recently released HRW report titled ‘Abusive System: Failures of Criminal Justice in Gaza‘. This 43-page report documents extensive violations by Hamas security services, including warrantless arrests, failure to inform families promptly of detainees’ whereabouts, and subjecting detainees to torture. It also documents violations of detainees’ rights by prosecutors and courts. Military courts frequently try civilians, in violation of international law. Prosecutors often deny detainees access to a lawyer, and courts have failed to uphold detainees’ due process rights in cases of warrantless arrest and abusive interrogations, Human Rights Watch found.

See also, the following report by the BBC for further background and for Hamas’ response: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19803902.

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