- Current Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal; Source: Wikimedia Commons
The report states that at least three men have been executed on the basis of coerced confessions since the Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. One of them, Abdel Karim Shrair, was tortured for several weeks in 2008 and, after “confessing” to collaboration with Israel, executed in 2011.
HRW has emphasised the EU’s call last week for a moratorium of the death penalty in the Gaza Strip. The EU "considers capital punishment to be cruel and inhuman, failing to provide deterrence to criminal behaviour, and representing an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity", it said in a statement.
A statement of the Hamas’ Interior Minister denies the allegations and claims that torture is not used in prisons in the Gaza Strip.