GENEVA, Wednesday, The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) condemned in a statement on Wednesday Hamas security services’ practices of restricting the right to peaceful assembly and the arbitrary detention and summoning of dozens of people in different parts of the Gaza Strip in conjunction with the calls by Fatah movement to mark the 54th anniversary of its founding.
The International Human Rights Monitor, based in Geneva, stated that its team documented in the past two days the arbitrary detention of at least 20 persons by members of the Hamas Authority in the Gaza Strip, most of them are Fatah activists, in addition to summoning others and suppressing several peaceful assemblies organized by members of Fatah movement on Monday to celebrate the anniversary of their movement.
In addition, members of the police and internal security dispersed different gatherings by the Fatah movement in Gaza City.
Nada Nabil, Euro-Med spokeswoman in Gaza, said many of the demonstrators were detained, stressing that “some of them are still in detention until now.”
She added: “Even if the security services claimed that these demonstrations are unauthorized, the police are not entitled to detain or suppress any of those who are responsible, and any such action is considered as an arbitrary action and violates the right to freedom of peaceful assembly freedom of expression and not to be arbitrarily detained.
Nabil pointed out that the Euro-Med monitor recorded 39 cases of arbitrary detention in Gaza Strip and 33 cases of summons carried out by Hamas security services during 2017, especially the police and internal security services that were founded by Hamas after its control of Gaza Strip in 2007, noting that this pattern of detentions has dominated during the year 2018.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor called on the authorities in the Gaza Strip to immediately release all detainees of expression and to ensure public and individual freedoms to all its citizens. It emphasized that “gagging policy, preventing peaceful demonstrations and restricting freedom of expression have never been a guarantee and an entry point for the political stability of the community. On the contrary, it has been a direct cause of creating tension.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency