LONDON, (PIC)– The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain (AOHR) called on the European Union to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority “to stop arbitrary arrests and torture.”
The Organization said in a letter sent to the head of the European Union and to European ministers and parliamentarians that “the continued support from the European Union cannot be acceptable while the occupation and the Authority security apparatuses continue to violate the fundamental rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories.”
It pointed to the campaign of arrests that started on August 14, during which the PA’s apparatuses stormed houses to arrest citizens or kidnaped them from the streets or places of work without any legal justification, and held them in illegal detention centers where they are deprived of visits.
The AOHR stated that recently released prisoners confirmed that they have been exposed to brutal torture, especially in the Jericho prison.
It stressed that “the continued support by the European Union to the PA represents a flagrant violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the international treaties and conventions and the values and principles that are secured by the peoples of EU countries.”
The organization’s letter came after the escalation of violations in the occupied territories by the Authority security apparatuses and the occupation forces and after the Palestinian Prime Minister announced that he will hold a European tour, starting next Sunday, to demand increasing the support offered from the EU.
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