On Tuesday morning, 24 September 2013,
the Gaza Court of First Instance sentenced F.F.A, 47, from Gaza City, to death
by hanging after convicting him of committing a murder in violation of the
Palestinian Penal Code.  F.F.A. has been
detained since 22 December 2010 being accused of killing a relative of him on
that day. 


According to PCHR’s documentation, this
is the 10th death sentence to be issued in 2013, of which 9 were
issued in the Gaza Strip and 1 in the West Bank.  Thus, the total number
of death sentences issued by the Palestinian Authority has risen to 141
sentences since 1994, of which 114 have been issued in the Gaza Strip and 27 in
the West Bank.  Among those issued in the Gaza Strip, 53 sentences have
been issued since 2007.  The Palestinian Authority also executed 29, of
which 27 have been executed in the Gaza Strip and 2 in the West Bank. 
Among those executed in the Gaza Strip, 16 have been executed since 2007
without ratification of the Palestinian President in violation of the law. 


PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued application of the
death penalty in Palestinian Authority controlled areas, and:


1. Calls for an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty
as a form of punishment because it violates international human rights
standards and instruments, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(1948), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), and
the UN Convention against Torture (1984);

2. Calls for reviewing all legislation related to the death penalty,
especially the Penal Law No. 74 (1936) which remains in effect in the Gaza
Strip, and the Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 (1960) that is in effect in the West
Bank, and enacting a unified penal code that is in line with the spirit of
international human rights instruments, especially those pertaining to the
abolition of the death penalty;

3. Points out that the call for abolition of the death penalty does
not reflect a tolerance for those convicted of serious crimes, but rather a
call for utilizing deterrent penalties that maintain our humanity; and

4. Stresses that ratification of the implementation of death sentences
is an absolute power of the Palestinian President according to the Palestinian
Basic Law and relevant laws, and no death sentence can be implemented without
such ratification.