Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas are clamping down on suspected Hamas activists. Allegations of torture and abuse of legal procedures are increasing. The majority of complains involve Preventive Security and General Intelligence, who operate jails separate from the EU-trained police and U.S.-trained Presidential Guard and National Security force.
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “EXCLUSIVE-With Abbas’s clampdown, reports of torture grow,” 4 December 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2555999.htm.
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “TEXT-Response of Palestinian govt to torture claims,” 4 December 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L3131172.htm.