UN Rights Office: Hamas Executions ´Unlawful´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/20/12)
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The UN human rights office on Friday charged that three men sentenced
to death in Hamas-run Gaza were executed unlawfully.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay´s spokesman, Rupert
Colville, told reporters in Geneva that the death sentences carried
out by hanging on April 7 weren´t approved by Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas as required by law.
He also said the men didn´t have regular access to lawyers and were
tried by a military court despite being civilians.
Pillay´s office also called on Hamas to halt a planned execution by
At least 18 men have been executed in Gaza since Hamas seized power
in the coastal enclave in a bloody 2007 putsch.
However, human rights activists in Gaza say those figures only
represent official executions, not the full range of human rights
violations perpetrated by Hamas.
Hamas has routinely incarcerated, kidnapped, maimed and tortured
dissidents and political rivals in Gaza over the past five years.
Notably, after Hamas seized control of Gaza, several members of the
rival Fatah faction were dragged from their homes and shot in both
legs. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/20/12)
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