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Letter from Tania Baldwin Pask, Amnesty International

Letter to Secretary of UN Committee against Torture, Mr Joao Nataf

2012

“Mr Joao Nataf
Secretary
UN Committee against Torture
Treaty Bodies Branch, Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights
UNOG-OHCHR
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
7 March 2012

Dear Mr Nataf

RE: ISRAEL – ADOPTION OF LIST OF ISSUES BY THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE

Amnesty International would like to draw the attention of the members of the Committee against Torture (the Committee) to the organization’s concerns about the State of Israel’s implementation of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention), in advance of the Committee’s adoption of a list of issues. Please distribute this briefing as appropriate.

The briefing presents a range of concerns of Amnesty International about Israel’s failure to implement key provisions of the Convention both in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). In particular, Amnesty International is concerned about the continued use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment during arrest and detention of Palestinians, including minors.

[…]

Amnesty International is concerned that the Israeli authorities continue to carry out demolitions of homes in areas of the West Bank, ostensibly for administrative reasons relating to planning and zoning, but in practice systematically favouring the expansion of Israeli settlements and their infrastructure over the rights of Palestinian inhabitants. For instance, near Maale Adumim settlement to the east of Jerusalem, 2,300 Jahalin Bedouin Palestinians are at risk of losing their homes and being forcibly transferred to a location that is not of their choosing in early 2012. In the Gaza Strip, house demolitions have been carried out recklessly and wantonly during military operations. Within Israel itself, Palestinian citizens of Israel have suffered the repeated demolition of their homes, for instance as a corollary of discriminatory policies that do not recognize the legality of specific Palestinian Bedouin villages in the Negev/Naqab region.

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Full letter here:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/029/2012/en/f4ab2b6c-38dc-4803-8ace-54a4f219b98f/mde150292012en.pdf

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