Attorney General: ICHR report contrary to facts

[ 09/01/2011 – 09:59 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– Gaza Attorney General Mohammed Abid said Saturday that an Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) report of protesters going on hunger strike in Gaza Strip correctional facilities is contrary to facts.

There are no detainees on hunger strike in Gaza’s rehabilitation and reform centers, Abid said, adding that the statements attributed to the ICHR call for an investigation into the spread of misinformation and the motives behind it.

“We will come down on anyone who violates the law. There are also duties vested in each person not to violate the law. Likewise, an organization that deems itself to engage in legal action should respect the law and not violate it.”

According to a the ICHR, established upon decree of the then Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to ensure maintenance of human rights in Palestinian law, reported that a hunger strike endangered the lives of six prisoners in Gaza.

The Gaza Ministry of Interior has announced opening its doors to anyone who wants to probe the prison first-hand in response to the ICHR’s accusations.

The interior earlier allowed rights groups to meet the prisoners named by the ICHR. All of them admitted to having committed murder or plotting to assassinate leading figures. They also denied ever engaging in hunger strike.

Ministry of Interior controller General Hassan al-Saifi said Friday that arrests in Gaza are not politically related and that all citizens are subject to the law.

“All of us in Gaza are under the law. Hamas’s people or anyone else can be arrested without discrimination,” he said, adding that security agencies have arrested suspected criminals who have no political affiliation.

Attorney General: ICHR report contrary to facts.

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