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STOCKHOLM - Skyline International raises concern over the Palestinian security services' escalating political and activists' arrests in the West Bank. These services torture and abuse detainees and refuse releasing them despite court decisions on this regard.

In this context, Skyline states today, Monday, that it is closely following the Palestinian security services' continued arrest of dozens of activists in various cities of the West Bank on the background of political activity or opposition, freedom of opinion and expression, and union work.

Skyline highlights the statement of the Committee of the Families of Political Detainees in the Occupied West Bank, which it published on Sunday, in which it confirmed that the Palestinian Authority's security services continue their violations against political activists and human rights defenders.

In its statement, the committee pointed out that the intelligence service in Tulkarm kidnapped the political activist "Mohamed Ammar" for the sixth consecutive day, and political activist "Jasser Dwaikat" for the eighth consecutive day. The committee shows that the Preventive Security Service in Nablus still detains the released prisoner "Izzat al-Aqtash" for the 13th day in the Security Committee prison in Jericho without any charges being brought against him.

The statement of the Committee of the Families of Political Detainees also highlighted that the intelligence service in Nablus had kidnapped the released prisoner “Mutassim Ramadan” for the 18th day in a row, while the citizen, “Muhammad Al-Azmi” was being held by the intelligence service in Jenin for the 19th consecutive day without any legal justification.

Skyline emphasizes that the documented violations of the security services in the West Bank seriously violate the rules of international law that guarantee freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly. They also affect a set of basic rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In its statement, Skyline stresses that the Palestinian government's negative role towards the executive bodies' freedom of expression' violations leads for more violations. This constitutes a flagrant violation of the international law's rules and the Palestinian Basic Law, which guarantee freedom of opinion and expression.

At the end of its statement, Skyline calls on the Palestinian government to take urgent measures to release detainees on political ground or opinions' expression, stop relevant trials, ensure the prevention of abuse by security services, investigate complaints of torture, and hold accountable those responsible for violations against detainees.