Combating Torture & Ill-treatment against Palestinians in the oPt
To this day, Israel has no legislation that establishes or prohibits torture as a crime, as defined in the UN human rights treaties to which Israel is a party. (EIDHR)
Since 2009, Al Mezan has partnered on two consecutive EU-supported joint projects on Israel’s use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
The project is implemented jointly by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, Adalah in Haifa Israel, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) in Tel Aviv, in cooperation with the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Ramallah and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP)
To this day, Israel has no legislation that establishes torture as a crime, as defined in Article 1 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UN CAT), and which is prohibited by Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), two human rights treaties to which Israel is a party.
Furthermore, Israel has taken essentially no measures to ensure that cases of torture, ill-treatment, and disproportionate use of force are independently investigated and that those responsible are prosecuted and punished.
As a result, practices of torture and CIDT are routinely used by Israeli security authorities against Palestinians from the oPt. Frequent examples include: measures against administrative detainees on hunger strike in protest of illegal arrests or dire conditions; promoting legislation to legitimize the forms of torture and CIDT; firing upon and harassment of Gazan fishermen; physical and psychological torture during arrest and interrogation of adult and child prisoners; among many others.
Project funded by the European Union - joint project of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Adalah, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, in cooperation with the Treatment & Rehabilitation Center and Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Al Mezan and under no circumstances should be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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