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LONDON – 17 MAY 2016
Today The Henry Jackson Society launches an important new study by Palestinian human rights advocate Bassem Eid, detailing the extensive and serious range of abuses of human rights and civil liberties that have been committed by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and how these are a hindrance to peace.
“Confronting Human Rights Abuses in the Palestinian Authority: An Essential Step for Progress in the Region” offers an unprecedented in-depth account of the Palestinian Authority’s human rights record. In particular, the report outlines how the Palestinian Authority’s failure to implement democratic and responsible governance is increasing grievances within the Palestinian population, risking further instability in the future. Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority’s direct and wilful engagement in incitement has exacerbated the ongoing conflict with Israel and put the Palestinian civilian population in greater harm’s way.
The report’s major findings include:
The report’s findings also have important implications for formulating British policy for the region. As noted in the paper, the Palestinian Authority is the recipient of substantial levels of financial aid from the international community. As Britain seeks to encourage the Palestinian Authority to move towards reforming its human rights record and undemocratic conduct, policy makers should consider whether further financial assistance should increasingly be predicated upon the Palestinian leadership taking quantifiable measures to improve civil liberties for the Palestinian population.