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Israel: UN Committee condemns „systematic human rights violations“

last updated Aug 01, 2011

Israel has been criticised by the Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the territories occupied since 1967 for “systematic human rights violations in the occupied territories, in particular in Gaza and the West Bank. The Special Committee was able to enter Gaza for the first time since 1968 and concluded that the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government have a punishing effect on the entire population in the Gaza Strip.

The Special Committee also conducted a visit to Amman. Both in Gaza and Amman the Special Committee met with victims, witnesses and officials working on human rights. Testimonies disclose the scale human rights problems in the region. In particular, the situation of children is alarming. After the Israeli attacks (end of 2008/beginning of 2009) large parts of the infrastructure including schools, homes and water treatment facilities were not rebuild. Children suffer from a lack of access to education, health and psychological problems and from raids by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night.

According to the Special Committee’s statement, Israel holds 6,000 Palestinians in prison, many of them children, some of them allegedly as young as 7 years old. Conditions of detention are seemingly very poor; harsh interrogation techniques, torture and ill-treatment, the denial of family visits and extended detention without charges appear frequently in these prisons.

The report by the Special Committee will be presented to the General Assembly in November 2011 and it will include recommendations to improve respect for human rights in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967.

OHCHR News: “Systematic human rights violations continue in the occupied territories,” says UN Committee

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