A Palestinian policemen stands guard in a street in the West Bank city of Al-Ram, adjacent to east Jerusalem, on April 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Human Rights Watch Thursday accused the Palestinian security forces of arresting or questioning West Bank students over their political opinions, saying several had been mistreated.Citing prisoner rights group Addameer, HRW said 25 students had been arrested in the wake of the annual student council vote at Birzeit University near Ramallah on April 22 .The vote, which takes place at universities across the West Bank, pits Fatah-supporting students against those backing the rival Islamist Hamas movement, with the poll in Birzeit won by Hamas.In November 2014, Ayman Mahariq, a journalism student at Al-Quds University, was arrested and beaten for posting remarks critical of the security forces on Facebook.And in January, Bara al-Qadi, another media student at Birzeit, was arrested over remarks on Facebook criticizing the Palestinian Authority.
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