|Head of the Hamas regime, Ismail Haniyeh, speaking in Tehran |
during February 2012 in front of portraits of deceased Ayatollah
Khomeini and Iranian "Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
In its brief summary, entitled "Human Rights Watch reports on ‘severe’ Hamas abuse of Palestinians" [Associated Press, September 3, 2012], AP says that "Hamas’ security forces in Gaza are committing severe abuses, including torture of detainees, arrests without warrants, forced confessions, unfair trials and mock executions". Egypt's Al-Ahram expands the list of Hamas abuses, adding
- arbitrary arrests, and failure to inform relatives of the whereabouts of detainees
- arrest, abuse and torture of lawyers
- military courts are used to try civilians
- several prisoners were put to death after military trial verdicts though there was "credible evidence they had been tortured".