Human Rights Complaints Rise Against Palestinian Authority – Maher Abukhater (Los Angeles Times)
(dailyalert.org, May 9, 2014
Complaints of torture and other mistreatment rose by 50% last year in areas governed by the Palestinian Authority, according to a report by the Ramallah-based Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), publishedThursday.
The report offers a hint at the kind of scrutiny the PA might face after joining UN agencies and treaties this year.
Commission officials said the international community would be watching the PA to make sure it abided by the terms of those agreements.
“Palestine will be now obliged to present periodic reports on what measures it is taking to eliminate torture to show that it is committed to the Convention Against Torture,” said Randa Siniora, executive director of ICHR.
The report notes “a remarkable increase in the number of complaints received on alleged cases of torture and violations involving the right to physical safety in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”