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Hamas inmates say torture ends in West Bank jails

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:25 PM
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NABLUS, West Bank – Palestinian security forces in the West Bank have stopped torturing Hamas prisoners, ending two years of systematic abuse, Hamas inmates told The Associated Press in jailhouse interviews.

The change in practice, said to have taken effect in October, was confirmed by a West Bank Hamas leader, human rights activists and the Palestinian prime minister. It defuses a potential problem for Washington since the U.S. has been closely involved in training Palestinian troops under the control of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, a rival of the Hamas militants.

Human rights groups say their public pressure campaign helped bring about change, and President Barack Obama's no-torture policy might have helped set a new tone. However, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the decision to halt any abuse was an independent one, part of an effort to make sure a future state is built on the right foundations.

Hamas legislators and human rights researchers said they still get sporadic reports of prisoners being slapped or forced to stand for several hours during interrogation. And security forces continue to keep a close watch on Hamas activities, often arresting activists and holding them for lengthy periods without charge.

However, they said the worst behavior — prisoners beaten with clubs and cables, suspended from the ceiling while tied up in painful positions and forced to stand for days — has ended.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100103/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_stopping_torture

by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:25 PM
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tericared
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:27 PM

 It defuses a potential problem for Washington since the U.S. has been closely involved in training Palestinian troops under the control of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, a rival of the Hamas militants.

wow we are just all over the place...Yemen and here..

muslimah
by on Jan. 4, 2010 at 8:22 AM

This may be off topic but is in response to your reply.....

The thing with Yemen that you are not hearing on the news is that North Yemen (majority Shia) has attempted to invade Saudi and has a goal to over throw the Saudi Kingdom and take over what is a Wahhabi (branch of Sunni) country and the U.S. has come to the defence of Saudi.

It is my understanding that this has nothing to do with al-queda in Yemen being that al-qeda is a Sunni organization and it is the Shias that are trying to over take Saudi. Two completely different issues and completely different parts of Yemen. You have South Yemen and North Yemen

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