The figures in this fact sheet, particularly regarding the continued ill-treatment and torture of fishermen and patients as a matter of policy, demonstrate Israel’s complete disregard for its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Israel’s history with torture must be recognized first and foremost by the State’s unwillingness to implement legislation criminalizing torture, which compounded by a lack of accountability and access to justice for its victims. Therefore, the likely trajectory is of continued torture and ill-treatment, with impunity.
The Israeli closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip and restrictions on movement of Palestinians in the oPt as a whole are considered serious violations of the rights and freedoms of the population causing severe psychological and physical pain amounting to CIDT. The policies that prevent freedom of movement hinder Palestinian access to basic human rights and are an assault on the dignity of the residents.