[Ppnews] Palestinian political prisoners taking Israeli government to the International Court of Justice
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Mon Dec 11 12:59:38 EST 2006
Palestinian political prisoners taking Israeli government to the
International Court of Justice
(Bethlehem) Najib Farag
Monday, 11 December 2006
In light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 11,000
political prisoners in Israeli jails are filing suit against the
Israeli government in the International Court of Justice in the
Hague. They are calling for an official investigation into "abuse and
serious violations in Israeli prisons against life and humanity."
This comes in a statement in preparation for the World Day for Human
Rights, explaining that the number of Palestinians killed; those who
have died in prison due to torture, ill-treatment, and medical
neglect since the beginning of the occupation, is high enough. The
political prisoners are citing 187 recent Palestinian deaths.
Twenty five people have had cancer and not received adequate medical
treatment. One thousand have had life threatening conditions and not
received proper treatment. "This is the way it has become in a prison
system that blatantly and purposefully lacks medical care," the
political prisoners' statement issued on Monday read.
Turning to Palestinian Prisoner Society research, the continued
policy of torturing prisoners violates international law. The
Israelis use methods that are internationally prohibited in order to
extract confessions. The government of Israeli has made torture a
keystone in its practices through a series of laws and legislation
that it created for itself in order to allow the use of extreme
violence and cruel treatment during interrogation.
Prisoner Society statistics indicate that 90 percent of Palestinians
in Israeli jails have been subjected to severe torture, including
minor children and the sick and wounded. That is in addition to
sexual harassment and threats of rape used against children, and
others, during questioning.
Also in the hoped-for case against Israeli forces is the use of
Administrative Detention, which is a prison sentence without charge
or trial. This has engulfed thousands of people into the prison
system. Many others argue that even with a charge or trial the
Israeli system is not legitimate under international law as it is the
system of occupiers who do not have jurisdiction over the occupied.
Wives and mothers have been imprisoned as a means to pressure
husbands and sons on the "wanted" list to surrender, as have
children. Hundreds of families are not allowed to visit, and many of
those who are become the subject of more humiliating treatment,
including threats and strip searches. The suit to be filed in the
Hague by Palestinian political prisoners also cites that hundreds of
people become sick and injured once in the prisons and that
conditions do not meet the bare minimum of humane treatment.
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