September 30th, 2019
The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network and Palestinian Human Rights Council hold the occupying state of Israel in full responsibility for torturing and critically injuring of detained Samer al Arbeed who was injured during both detention and interrogation.
On Wednesday, 25 September 2019, Israeli occupation forces detained Samer al Arbeed. 44 years old, in front his workplace in Ramallah. His wife alongside other eyewitnesses witnessed Samer being brutally beaten. He was then taken to al-Mascobiyya interrogation center in Jerusalem tortured again and brutally injured during interrogation and issued an order that bans him from meeting his lawyer.
The following day Samer al-Arbeed had a court session without his lawyer, he is in a very critical health situation due to torture and ill treatment during his arrest and interrogations. According to his lawyer, he was unconscious, has several broken ribs, bruises all over his body in addition to suffering severe kidney failure.
According to reports by Palestinian Human Rights Organizations 470 Palestinians were detained by the Israeli occupying forces during the month of August, 2019. While Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reports that in the month of September the number of detained Palestinians increased reaching over 500 detained by the Israeli occupying forces.
The prohibition against torture in international conventions and agreements was unequivocal in its interpretation. The Geneva Conventions of 1949, as well as Protocol I and II of 1977, include a number of articles that strictly prohibit cruel treatment and outrages upon human dignity. In addition, torture is prohibited under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which was adopted in 1948 and entered into force in 1978. The Convention against Torture states that no “exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war” may be invoked as a justification of torture, thus establishing an internationally-recognized peremptory norm against torture even in compelling circumstances relating to counter terrorism. Furthermore, according to the Rome Statute, Articles 8, 7, torture amounts to a war crime and when systematic and wide-spread to a crime against humanity. Also, Article 55 of the Rome Statues prohibits in specific torture and ill-treatment of prisoners during investigation.
It is important to note that torture in Israeli prisons is a common and systematic method reflecting Israeli occupying illegal policies, reaching crimes against humanity. Reports indicate that 221 Palestinian detainees had died in Israeli prisons since 1967, including 73 died as a result of torture.
Palestinian NGO Network and the Palestinian Human Rights Council call upon the international community to: