October 3rd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Hamas justice system 'reeks of injustice,' group says

A human rights watchdog has documented "serious abuses" in the criminal justice system of Hamas, the political movement that runs the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

A 43-page Human Rights Watch report notes arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detentions, torture and unfair trials in the territory since Hamas took control in 2007.

"After five years of Hamas rule in Gaza, its criminal justice system reeks of injustice, routinely violates detainees' rights, and grants impunity to abusive security services," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director for Human Rights Watch, said in an online posting Wednesday. "Hamas should stop the kinds of abuses that Egyptians, Syrians, and others in the region have risked their lives to bring to an end."

In a bullet-point statement on its website, Hamas' Interior Ministry disputed the report's accuracy and called it biased and political.

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  1. Philip

    Does YOUR vision for America shine brighter than mine?
    I see a future America with clean streets, zero ghettos, zero people wantonly spreading HIV, zero domestic terrorists (although it may take police drones a few minutes to snuff out the one that just showed his face)...an America at peace with the world who will WANT to do business with US rather than being given ultimatums to do so.
    Clean, strong, hard-working American taxpayers...all for the good of mankind.
    It will be WONDERFUL to see my Lady America the hottest babe on the planet. 🙂

    October 4, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dre from Detroit

    My vision of America is me laying on the sofa in a house you paid for high on oxycontin you paid for eating doritos you paid for watching sports. So get back to work and pay taxes Philip.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Old Driller w/no TV

    @"Sal", a listed reg microblooger hiding behind yet another s/n...you squander the voice men died to give you. Citizens have sacrificed much over the years so that you can speak out w/o fear. You are wasted. You and your comment @saywhat.
    (of course I am Philip and have posted as Old Driller 10 thousand times over my life. I switched to Old Driller today when i was describing my experiences overseas working in oilfields...NOT to hide behind)

    October 4, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sal

      Yeah? Then who am I? Call me out , paranoiaboy, instead of acting like you know anything. I am you.

      October 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Ok. Will do/continue doing for a little while longer. There is yet time to leave your corrupted lifestyles that have changed the image of an entire nation.
    Over 80% of all drugs, street and prescription, are consumed by 15% of our citizens. Not all of us knowingly spread HIV. we aren't ALL obese.

    October 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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