Hamas condemns Amnesty International reports. Was Amnesty’s report biased again?

Amnesty report states that Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinians. According to Amnesty, Hamas carried out torture and cruel treatment on detainees.

Amnesty contacted Palestinian authorities, including the Hamas administration in Gaza, to cooperate with independent investigations, among them one conducted by the Commission of Inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council in July 2014.

After Amnesty International released a report accusing Hamas of “carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses” during 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Hamas said the report was unfair and accused Amnesty International of having “Israeli employees” in its administration, who were probably writing against Hamas.

Hamas has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Since 2007, it has been the governing authority of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas was founded in 1987, to liberate Palestine, including modern-day Israel, from Israeli occupation. However analysts say that Hamas has never been in a mood of ceasefire and the group continues its rigorous military operations to achieve its objective.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has over 7 million members and supporters around the world with the objective “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”

Amnesty draws attention to human rights abuses, and it campaigns for compliance with international laws and standards. It works to mobilise public opinion to put pressure on governments that turns a blind eye to abuse.

However, it still remains unclear to common public weather Hamas is correct or Amnesty is again targeting a specific organization or group to come into limelight. Amnesty has already been criticized for coming up with reports with wrong statistics and biased research.


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