PCATI and OMCT submit alternative report to UN


PCATI and the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) submitted an alternative report to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) prior to its review of the periodic report of the State of Israel that will take place in May.

This report complements the List of concerns submitted by PCATI to the Committee in September 2008. It illustrates illegal methods of interrogation that comprise torture, and substandard conditions of detention that constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, that are employed by both the General Security Service (GSS) and the Israeli army. All of these are contrary to the obligations of the State of Israel under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

 The report also includes a description of the most serious of the violations of the Convention that occurred during the "Cast Lead" operation in Gaza, and particularly the inhuman conditions that detainees from Gaza were held in during the operation and cases of ill treatment, delay of medical care and the use of civilians as human shields.

An additional report was submitted to CAT by the United Against Torture coalition whose membership includes Israeli, Palestinian and international human rights organizations among them PCATI.

Representatives of PCATI and other human rights organizations will appear before CAT in Geneva on 4 May 2009.

For the full report at the UN CAT website.

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