Earlier this month, the Human Rights Watch organization issued a report that documents extensive violations by Hamas security services, including torturing detainees, arrests without a warrant, and failure to inform families of detainees’ whereabouts.
In one case documented by the Human Rights Watch, it was reported that Hamas’s armed wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades, arrested 52-year-old ‘Adel Razeq under false pretenses and tortured him to death. In fact, Hamas’s history of illegal executions is extensive and has long been a subject of content for human rights groups.
Hamas is accused of executing at least three people in the last five years whose confessions were extracted under torture. This comes after the European Union condemned death sentences in the Gaza Strip this month.
Joe Stork, the deputy Middle East director of Human Rights Watch, has stated:
“Gaza’s criminal justice system reeks of injustice, routinely violates detainees’ rights, and grants impunity to abusive security services.”
In response, a Hamas official stated that the “report has many mistakes in it,” but failed to provide concrete proof.