Comparative graph
Fact sheet
About us

Home »


US State Department human rights report (April 2011)

This report covers human rights abuses in 2010. Reports indicate that Israeli authorities routinely arrested minors at checkpoints, on the street, at night, and in early morning house raids, and transfer them to one of eight detention facilities for interrogation. In most cases authorities reportedly failed to inform parents where their children would be taken. Reports also indicate torture and abuse of minors to coerce confessions.

B'Tselem and Hamoked: Kept in the Dark: Treatment of Palestinian Detainees in the Petah Tikva Interrogation Facility of the Israel Security Agency (October 2010)

This report documents the treatment of 121 Palestinian detainees, including 18 children, at the Petah Tikva interrogation centre in Israel. Most of the detainees were arrested from their homes in the middle of the night. On arrival at the facility the detainees were held in windowless cells, sometimes with lights left on 24 hours per day. In 78 percent of cases the detainees were held in solitary confinement.

UN Human Rights Committee - Concluding Observations (July 2010)

In its Concluding Observations of Israel's periodic report under the Convention on Civil and Political Rights, the Committee recognised Israel's security concerns whilst stressing the need to respect human rights. The Committee expressed concern at allegations of torture of child detainees. The Committee recommended that children be given prompt access to a lawyer and all interrogations be audio-visually recorded.

Breaking the Silence: Occupation of the Territories (2000-2010)

This report contains testimonies from former Israeli soldiers describing various aspects of the army's military activities in the West Bank. On the topic of arrests the report states that: Over the course of the last decade, tens of thousands of Palestinians have been arrested in military operations conducted deep in Palestinian territory nearly every night. Soldiers' testimonies reveal the methods for carrying out such arrests.

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 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 in charge of 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. The Committee recommended that interrogations be video recorded and children have early access to lawyers and family members.

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.

Israel Medical Association Journal - The Psychological Toll of the Intifada: Symptoms of Distress and Coping in Israeli Soldiers (2008)

This report considers evidence that the occupation of the Palestinian population has been socially, politically and morally detrimental to Israeli society has emerged. A societal 'conspiracy of silence' concerning violent encounters with Palestinian civilians is also possible. This study seeks to examine the psychological impact of the occupation on soldiers and to study post-traumatic symptomatology.

Yesh Din - Backyard Proceedings: The implementation of due process rights in the Military Courts in the Occupied Territories (January 2007)

This report provides a critical look at the system that has served as a cornerstone of Israeli rule in the West Bank for over 40 years. The report examines the degree to which the system upholds the due process of law for Palestinian detainees and defendants brought before the Military Courts. The fidings of the research described in the report reveal a series of grave flaws and failures to implement due process.

Go to:    

79 items - Page 8 of 8

Search by keywords or date to find older items.