Israel and the Occupied Territories: "Under constant medical supervision": Torture, ill-treatment and the health professionals in Israel and the Occupied Territories

Israel and the Occupied Territories: "Under constant medical supervision": Torture, ill-treatment and the health professionals in Israel and the Occupied Territories

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Index Number: MDE 15/037/1996
Date Published: 13 August 1996
Categories: Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories, Middle East And North Africa

This report examines the role of health professionals working with the Israeli General Security Service, the security branch most involved in the interrogation of Palestinian detainees. It gives case details of the role of health professionals in a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways which place current prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics. Although there is no evidence of health professionals actively assisting in torture and ill-treatment, they act as silent witnesses. Amnesty International believes that health professionals have a vital role in documenting and exposing human rights violations, and is calling on the government and the Israeli Medical Association to ensure that torture and ill-treatment are stopped.


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