Amnesty calls for campaign on executions

2013-06-27 21:59

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Jerusalem - Amnesty International on Thursday called on the public to mail the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers in protest at the hanging of two local men and to appeal against other executions.

The Palestinian Islamic militant movement hanged the two men accused of collaborating with Israel on Saturday.

Last Thursday, a military court in Gaza sentenced a Palestinian man found guilty of the same charge to death in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas.

It was the fifth such sentence handed down by the coastal enclave's authorities since the beginning of the year.

The London-based rights organisation called on people to "write immediately in Arabic or your own language condemning the executions... as applications of the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment," they said in a statement published on Thursday.

It asked people to urge Gaza security and justice officials "to ensure that death sentences against... any others sentenced to death are commuted or overturned".

The Hamas government executed three men in April 2012 after they were accused of "collaborating" with Israel.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.

All execution orders must be approved by the Palestinian president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognises the legitimacy of Mahmud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.

Israeli security forces use Palestinian informers to thwart militant attacks and assist in the assassination of top militants.

Since the September 2000 outbreak of the Palestinian uprising, dozens of Palestinians accused of collaborating have been condemned by martial courts or killed by militants in both Gaza and the West Bank, which is governed by Abbas's Palestinian Authority.

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