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Palestine (State of)

The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip continued to crack down on dissent, including by stifling freedoms of expression and assembly, attacking journalists and detaining opponents. Security forces in both areas used unnecessary and/or...
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Israel/OPT: Amnesty petition demanding ceasefire to end civilian suffering backed by more than one million signatures

More than a million signatures from people around the world have been gathered for an Amnesty International petition demanding an immediate ceasefire to end the unparalleled escalation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel since 7 October 2023. In response, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Senior Director of...
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Horrifying cases of torture and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees amid spike in arbitrary arrests  

Israeli authorities have dramatically increased their use of administrative detention, a form of arbitrary detention, of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank; extended emergency measures that facilitate inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners; and failed to investigate incidents of...
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Civilians in Gaza at unprecedented risk as Israel imposes communication black-out during bombardment and expanding ground attacks

Responding to reports of a total communications blackout in the occupied Gaza Strip, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Senior Director of Research, Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns at Amnesty International, said: “Palestinian civilians are already besieged in the occupied Gaza Strip and are now also trapped in a...
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Israeli army threats ordering residents of northern Gaza to leave may amount to war crimes

On 21 October 2023, the Israeli army dropped leaflets on northern Gaza ordering residents’ immediate “evacuation”. The leaflets warned residents to leave immediately, declaring their lives at risk and explicitly stating that “anyone who chooses not to leave from the north of the [Gaza] Strip to...