- Human Rights Watch Documents Repression and Intimidation by Palestinian Authority in Self-rule Areas Press release Oct 2, 1997 The first three years of Palestinian self-rule have been characterized by widespread arbitrary and abusive conduct by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its mushrooming security agencies, according to
- Human Rights under the Palestinian Authority, released today by Human Rights Watch/Middle East. Hundreds of arbitrary detentions violated defendants' most elemental due-process rights. Detainees who were interrogated were commonly tortured, and the few who were brought to court were denied a fair trial
- Human Rights Watch Protests Death Penalty and Unfair Trials in Palestinian Military Court Press release Aug 13, 1997 In a letter sent to President Yasser Arafat, Human Rights Watch/Middle East expressed deep concern over the Palestinian military court trial in Nablus on Tuesday that sentenced Fawzi Sawalha, a member of Force 17, to death for treason and terrorism.
- Human Rights Watch/Middle East Urges Israel To Lift Restrictions On Palestinian Movement Within West Bank And Gaza Press release Aug 8, 1997 Human Rights Watch/Middle East calls on the government of Israel to take immediate steps to lift unprecedented measures confining residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in their cities and towns by military force.
- Human Rights Watch/Middle East Condemns Jerusalem Bombing Press release Jul 29, 1997 Human Rights Watch/Middle East unequivocally condemns the bombing earlier today in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda food market that, according to news reports, has taken the lives of at least fifteen persons, including two suicide bombers, and wounded more than 150 others.
- Human Rights Watch Protests Palestinian Authority's Arrest of Prominent Educator in Gaza Press release Jul 16, 1997 In a letter to President Yasser Arafat, dated July 16, 1997, Human Rights Watch protests the detention without charge since July 2 of a prominent Palestinian professor. Dr. Fathi Ahmed Subuh, a professor of education at al-Azhar University in Gaza, is also director of the Touffah Educational Development Center, an independent not-for-profit organization that runs an array of community education programs in Gaza. He has been held for two weeks without any official explanation and has been denied visits by his family and lawyer. Dr. Subuh's arrest occurred shortly after he gave an exam to students at al-Azhar University in Gaza asking them to analyze administrative corruption in the university and in the Palestinian Authority, and at a time when the Touffah Center is the subject of ongoing government scrutiny.
- HRW Calls on the Government of Israel to Withdraw a Draft Law Press release Jul 3, 1997 In a report issued today, Human Rights today calls on the Government of Israel to withdraw a draft law that would exempt the State and its security forces from liability for the wrongful injury and killing of Palestinians during the intifada. The law, if adopted by the Knesset, would prevent Palestinians from seeking damages in Israeli courts, and instead direct them, in a limited number of cases, to seek compensation from a government committee.
- Palestinian Authority--Call to Release Daoud Kuttab Press release May 22, 1997 (Washington, May 23) In a letter sent today to President Yasir Arafat, Human Rights Watch called on the head of the Palestinian Authority to release immediately Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab. A copy of the letter is attached.