Ref: 86/2013

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
is concerned over summoning a number of Fatah movement activists in Khan Yunis
by the Internal Security Service (ISS) last week. PCHR calls upon the
government in Gaza to take necessary measures to make security services follow
summons’ procedures according to the Palestinian Basic Law and in order to stop
issuing summons on political grounds.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR,
a number of Fatah activists in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, received
summons to refer to the ISS office in the city. Summons were mainly sent to 10
activists on Wednesday and Thursday, 21 and 22 August 2013 respectively.
According to statements collected by PCHR, those activists were detained from
09:00 until the afternoon, during which time they were questioned on their
positions towards the ongoing situation in Egypt and if they had any information
about "Tamarrud" (Rebellion) Movement that was launched on the
Facebook. Interrogators also took passwords of the detainees’ emails and
Facebook accounts.

 

Of those who were summoned were:

1. Mohammed
Mousa al-Jadili;

2. Ra’ef
Salama Shurrab;

3. Yehia
Zakariya al-‘Aqqad;

4. Jehad
mohammed Mousa;

5. Nabil
Abdul Rahman Shneino;

6. Saleh
Abu Hamed;

7. Jehad
Sha’at;

8. Khattab
al-Faq’awi;

9. Walid
Shaqqoura; and

10. Nourhan Hamatto al-‘Aqqad.

 

PCHR is concerned over summons sent to a number
of Fatah activists and:

1. Stresses
that "Personal freedom is a natural right, and shall be guaranteed and
protected," according to the Palestinian Basic Law that also stipulates:
"It is unlawful to arrest, search, imprison, restrict the freedom, or
prevent the movement of, any person, except by judicial order." Besides,
"Every arrested person shall be informed of the reasons for his arrest or
detention;"

2. Reminds
of the decision issued by the Palestinian High Court of Justice on 20 February
1999, which considers political detention illegal and demands all executive
authorities to respect the court’s decision and stop the exercise of illegal
political detention;

3. Points
out that detention is regulated in the Palestinian law and is under the
authority of judicial warranty officers represented in the civil
police that is a direct subordinate of the Attorney General;