HUMAN RIGHTS ‘SPIRAL OF VIOLATIONS’ IN GAZA, WEST BANK ACKNOWLEDGED BY EX-U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
Referring to his own “years of contacts with Fatah and Hamas”, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said: “This agreement, and the promise of elections in the next twelve months, has the potential to arrest the spiral of intra-Palestinian human rights violations and preserve Palestinian democracy.”
The Carter Center said it “congratulates the Government of Egypt for their success in brokering the historic intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement announced on April 27″.
Full statement on April 29, 2011:
NOTE: The Carter Center monitored municipla elections in October 2012 and was also critical. In a report entitled “Palestine Electoral Study Mission Urges Political Reconciliation”, it summary stated that the poll was affected by the “political impasse between the two leading Palestinian political movements, and the continued erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms by political actors in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. “