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Published Date: Saturday 12 October 2019 - 11:19:29
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Torture occurring at Israeli prisons: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Torture occurring at Israeli prisons: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
World  - The UN Human Rights Office notes with concern the alleged torture of a 44-year-old Palestinian man, Samer Al A’rbeed, who was arrested by Israeli Security Forces on 25 September as a suspect in a bomb explosion that killed a 17-year old Israeli girl near Dolev settlement in the occupied West Bank. Al A’rbeed remains in the hospital in an induced coma and on artificial respiration, with critical injuries sustained after his arrest, including broken ribs and severe kidney failure.

This development is placing a spotlight on serious gaps and failings in Israel's laws and practices in relation to its unequivocal obligation under international law to eradicate torture and cruel and inhuman treatment.
Al A'rbeed's lawyer, who was only allowed to see his client four days after his arrest (on 29 September), alleges he was tortured. Given the severity of Al A'rbeed's injuries, we call for the immediate opening of a criminal investigation into the case.

We have also received information that at least three more people arrested in the context of the same investigation have been held in incommunicado detention for a prolonged period of time.

The prohibition of torture is one of the peremptory norms of international law or "jus cogens" from which no derogation is permitted. In other words, the prohibition is binding on all states, in all circumstances, with no exception.

We call on Israel to revise its laws, policies and practices to bring them in line with its obligations under international law, in particular the Convention Against Torture, and ensure that all instances and allegations of torture and ill-treatment are investigated promptly, independently, effectively and impartially.

 

News Code: 28378
Published Date: Saturday 12 October 2019 - 11:19:29
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