In April 2009 the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) delivered an alternative report on the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment to the UN Committee Against Torture. The report was an important source of information for the Committee as it discussed Israel’s fourth periodic report at its 42nd session, held in Geneva from 17 April to 15 May 2009. The alternative report includes a section based on specific concrete cases as well as an overview of the State of Israel’s human rights violations during the fighting in Gaza in December 2008–January 2009 and its aftermath.
In May 20009 representatives of PCATI and OMCT appeared before the UN Committee and presented its members and described the most serious problems with the Convention’s implementation in Israel, based on this report. Before you is a reorganized, more reader-friendly version of the report.
The report is intended as a tool to facilitate oversight of Israel’s steps to efficiently implement the Committee’s recommendations: to put an end to the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of all kinds in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As a State Party to the Convention, this is Israel’s absolute legal duty.