Eleven Palestinians have died in Palestinian Authority and Hamas detention
centers during 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the Palestinian
Independent Commission For Human Rights.
Two of the Palestinians died in
PA detention centers in the West Bank, while the nine others died in Hamas
custody in the Gaza Strip.
Seven of those who died in detention had been
suspected of “collaboration” with Israel.
The report said that last year
saw a 10 percent increase in the number of complaints about human rights abuses
by the PA and Hamas, compared with 2011.
Randa Siniora, executive
director of ICHR, told a press conference in Ramallah that many complaints were
related to arbitrary and political detentions, as well as torture and
She said the group also documented many complaints
regarding the refusal of the PA and Hamas to implement court orders.
organization recommended that the PA and Hamas stop violating freedom of
expression by interrogating Palestinians who express their views.
response,the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah welcomed the report, but
expressed concern over recurrent reports of cases of torture and ill treatment
of detainees by Palestinian law- enforcement agencies.
The EU missions
welcomed PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s instruction to respect the prohibition of
torture as a “relevant and unambiguous response.”
“The EU will continue
to promote support for human rights by all in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in
particular through its regular dialogue with the Israeli authorities and the
Palestinian Authority as well as support to Palestinian institutions and civil
society,” it said in a statement.