PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) issued a report to monitor the violations of the Palestinian Authority security services in the West Bank in September 2018.
PFIF, an international human rights organization, said in its report that the Palestinian Authority carried out 685 violations, including 211 arrests, 162 summons, 121 detention cases, 27 cases of freedoms’ suppression, and 13 case of confiscation of private property.
The report monitored the announcement of four prisoners on political grounds in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority open hunger strike in protest against the continued detention without legal support, while the situation deteriorated three of the detainees striking. Around 19 political detainees were brought to arbitrary trial, as the report documented.
Regarding the political arrests, the report elaborated that 189 prisoners were released from Israeli prisons, 37 were university students, 8 teachers, 7 journalists, 2 municipal council members, 33 human rights activists, (55) employees, (5) engineers and university lecturers.
According to the report, Hebron was the highest in terms of violations of the authority sites (162) violations, followed by Ramallah (91) violations. In addition, the Preventive Security Service issued arrests of (86) cases out of (211) cases of detention, of which (106) cases of arrest after storming the house or the workplace, and (45) case of arrests after the call to the interview, and (32) abduction.
According to the report, Hebron recorded the highest summonses of the security authorities with (31) summons cases, while the intelligence service issued around (78) summons out of (162) case. Of those summoned, 50 were released prisoners and 45 were previously held by the authorities.
In addition, Hebron topped the raids of the security authorities by (31) storming operations out of (112) on houses or workplaces. The intelligence agency also carried out around (52) raids.
At the end of his report, PFIF called for the immediate release of all political by the PA as they are arbitrary detention cases that lacks any due process of judicial proceedings.
Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) called upon the Palestinian Authority and its security services to stop their violations against university students, human rights activists and journalists, and to stop political arrests because of violations of their obligations under international conventions and laws.