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Palestinian Authority under fire over freedom of expression

Activists and human rights defenders have condemned the Palestinian Authority trials of 30 activists, political figures and national figures.
Palestinians rally denouncing the Palestinian Authority following the violent arrest and death in custody of activist Nizar Banat, Ramallah, West Bank, Aug. 2, 2021.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Authority (PA) has begun the trial of a group of activists and national figures at the Magistrate Court in the West Bank city of Ramallah. 

On Sept. 2, a hearing session for seven activists was held. They were accused of “illegal gathering,” “inciting sectarian strife” and “defamation of important figures.” The session was suspended, and the trial is to resume Oct. 6.

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