Monday 16th of May 2016, at 13:30
In the David and Lola Scharf Seminar Room
Entrance Floor, room 308
The Screening will be in English and the debate will be in Hebrew
The Brender-Moss Library for Social Sciences, Management and Education and The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) have the pleasure to invite you to a video screening and an Open Discussion on the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) review of the State of Israel. The Discussion will be held by Adv. Efrat Bergman-Sapir, Director of the Legal Department of PCATI in the wake of her participation to the briefing of the UNCAT in Geneva for the Committee’s Review of the Fifth Periodic Report on Israel.
The video will contain a selection of recordings of the UNCAT Discussion between the representatives of the State of Israel and the UNCAT. The discussion will focus on the List of Issues and Recommendations of the UNCAT to the State of Israel and action recommendation for Israel.
The Independent Report presented by PCATI constitutes part of UNCAT’s 5th review of Israel on 3-4 May 2016 in Geneva since Israel’s ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) in 1991.
This discussion will address 5 themes:
* Israel’s use of “necessity defence” to justify torture in interrogations;
* the procrastination to incorporate the UNCAT into Israeli national law;
* Safeguards for the basic obligation to respect and defend human rights by abolishing torture;
* the basic obligation to investigate, prosecute offenders, and to provide reparation as well as real and effective safeguards against torture or ill-treatment.
* training in the use of the Istanbul Protocol.
A major part of the conversation will focus on the procedures of the UNCAT and ways in which different stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental bodies can bring their contributions to the works of the body.