|PCATI - Accountability Denied: The Absence of Investigation and Punishment of Torture in Israel (December 2009)|
The report concludes that Israel has no genuine investigation mechanism for complaints of torture. This results in absolute criminal immunity for interrogators who commit grave crimes. In practice the system enjoys the acquiescence and encouragement of the law enforcement system for torture that occurs in GSS interrogations. Among other things, complaints are checked by an active GSS agent who is the official in charge of checking interrogee complaints.
|UN Committee against Torture – Concluding Observations (May 2009)|
In its Concluding Observations of Israel’s periodic report under the Convention against Torture, the Committee noted that whilst there is a prevailing situation of unrest in the region under international law “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever may be invoked as a justification of torture”. In its conclusions the Committee recommended that interrogations be video recorded and that children have access to a lawyer and a family member at the outset of their detention.
|United Against Torture - Alternative Report to the UN Committee Against Torture (2008)|
This report was produced by a coalition of 14 Palestinian and Israeli organizations and focuses on Israel’s compliance with its legal obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT). After considering the implementation of the Israeli Supreme Court’s torture ruling, the report focuses on a number of issues including: acts of torture and the detention of minors.