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PCHR Condemns Excessive Use of Force by Palestinian Security Services in Ramallah to Disperse Demonstration in Protest against Political Detention

Ref: 40/2015

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the excessive use of
force by the Palestinian police and security services in the West Bank to
disperse a sit-in organized by families of political detainees held by the
Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank at al-Manarah Square in the center
 PCHR calls upon the Attorney
General in Ramallah to open an investigation into the incident and calls for
respect for the right to peaceful assembly which is ensured by the Palestinian
law and international human rights standards.


According to investigations conducted by PCHR and eyewitnesses’ accounts,
at approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 05 July 2015, dozens of young men and women from
the families of political detainees held by the Palestinian security services
in Ramallah and Al-Bireh at Manara Square in Ramallah gathered to organize a
peaceful sit-in protesting against the political detention of their sons.


Members of the riot police and security
officers dressed wearing plain clothes pushed and screamed at a number of women
participating in the protest who were trying to prevent the arrest of their
sons while participating in the protest. 
They also attacked some participants by kicking and beating them with the
gun butts.  As a result, Taghrid Numan
Dar Mousa (46) from Beit Loqya village, southwest of Ramallah, fainted while
she was trying to prevent the Preventive Security Service officers from
arresting her child, Mohammed (16).  It
should be noted that the aforementioned woman is as well the mother of a political
detainee, Islam Saleh Dar Musa, who was arrested on Friday, 03 July 2015, from
his family house by the same officers who tried to arrest her child, Mohammed.  Moreover, five civilians were beaten and
arrested by security officers.  Two of
them were identified as Khalil Hasan Jamil Hamed (32), and Loay Noah Abdul Rahman
Hamed (33), both from Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, and were then taken
to the city police station.  At
approximately 23:20, the aforementioned two civilians were released after their
ID cards were held and were both demanded to refer to the Preventive Security office
in al-Balou’a area in Al-Bireh at 10:00 on Monday, 06 July 2015, to obtain
their ID cards.


PCHR emphasizes that people have the right to peaceful assembly, which
is ensured under Article 26 of the Palestinian Basic Law and under the Public
Meetings Law.  PCHR also stresses people’s
right to personal security and not being subjected to inhuman and cruel
treatment by the police officers. PCHR further stresses the inadmissibility of the excessive use
of force to enforce security according to international human rights standards,
particularly Article (7) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


In light of the above:

– PCHR calls upon the Attorney General in Ramallah to question police and
security officers who attacked those civilians and bring them before justice.
– PCHR calls upon the security services in Ramallah to respect the
international  law and human rights
standards relating to the right to peaceful assembly
– PCHR calls for the immediate release of the political detainees and putting
an end to the political detention policy.