Palestinians admit abuses
December 2, 1996
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (CNN) -- The Palestinian Authority on Monday admitted it was aware of human rights violations in
Palestinian-controlled areas, after Amnesty International released a critical report.
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's spokesman Marwan Kanafani said officials were looking for a solution to the problem.
The report by the London-based human rights organization criticized what it said was an increase in human rights abuses over the past two years. It said this was
coupled with an emerging climate of fear and intimidation in
areas under the Authority's jurisdiction.
Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid echoed the
views of the report, saying it was difficult to solve the
problem when people were to afraid to report incidents. He
blamed the Palestinian Authority for the way detainees are
Amnesty said mass detentions of suspected opponents of the peace process had been carried out following pressure by
Israel and the United States to clamp down on those
responsible for violent attacks on Israeli citizens.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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