Calls Upon the PA to Respect Citizens Rights
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) reaffirms that the rights to freedom of assembly and expression should be respected by the Palestinian Security Forces at all times and therefore condemns the suppression of peaceful protests. PHROC reiterates that the excessive force used by the Palestinian Security Forces is not justified by the fact that the protestors initiated the confrontations, because the response by the Security Forces was disproportionate to the threat posed by the demonstrators. PHROC believes that the Palestinian political leadership have adopted a policy of suppressing protests that contradict their own ideals and policies, whilst facilitating those that support their interests, by ensuring that the latter succeed in reaching the Mukataa and expressing their opinions.
- The Palestinian Prime Minister must form an independent and impartial committee to investigate the circumstances behind the suppression of the peaceful protest and to ensure that those responsible for violating human rights are held accountable for their crimes. Those who are found guilty of such crimes must be adequately punished, including dismissal from their positions within the Security Forces;
- The PA must publish the procedure and results of an independent investigation and publicly apologise to the victims of these violations.