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Israel/South Lebanon: Fear of Torture / Legal concern

, Index number: MDE 15/099/1997

Almaza Ibrahim, Nadim Husayn Sa'b and 'Atef Hassan Hashem, residents of the so-called "security zone" of South Lebanon have reportedly been arrested and detained at the Khiam Detention Centre. AI fears they may face torture or ill-treatment and prolonged detention without trial.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 15/99/97
UA 379/97 Fear of Torture / Legal Concern 3 December 1997
ISRAEL/SOUTH LEBANONAlmaza Ibrahim (f), aged 40
Nadim Husayn Sa’b, aged 44, driver
‘Atef Hassan Hashem, soldier
The three above-named residents of Israel’s self-styled “security zone” in
South Lebanon have reportedly been arrested in recent days and placed in
detention at the Khiam Detention Centre. Amnesty International fears they
may be facing torture or ill-treatment and prolonged detention without trial.
Almaza Ibrahim, a resident of the village of Deir Siryan, was reportedly arrested
on 26 November 1997. Nadim Husayn Sa’b, a driver and resident of the village
of Shab’a, and ‘Atef Hassan Hashem were reportedly arrested on 28 November.
‘Atef Hassan Hashem, a soldier in the South Lebanon Army (SLA), is the brother
of Muhammad Hassan Hashem and Khalil Hassan Hashem, both held at Khiam Detention
Centre since 22 November and the subject of UA 375/97 (MDE 15/97/97, 28 November
1997).
Khiam Detention Centre is the main SLA detention and interrogation centre in
the Israeli-occupied "security zone" in South Lebanon. More than 150 detainees
are presently believed to be held in Khiam, some of whom have been held without
charge or trial for up to 12 years. Former detainees have described systematic
torture and ill-treatment including beating, whipping, application of electric
shocks and dousing with hot and cold water. Detainees are routinely denied
access to their lawyers.
From 1987 to 1995, detainees in Khiam Detention Centre were denied visits from
both the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and their families.
These conditions have been reinstated since 10 September, heightening concern
for the well-being of the detainees.
Although Israel asserts that it is not responsible for Khiam Detention Centre
and directs all inquiries to the SLA it is, nevertheless, the occupying power
in South Lebanon and therefore has ultimate responsibility.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English, Arabic, French or your own language:
- urging that Almaza Ibrahim, Nadim Husayn Sa’b and ‘Atef Hassan Hashem be
granted immediate and continuing access to their families, lawyers and the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
- seeking assurances that they will not be subjected to any form of torture
or ill-treatment;
- calling for their immediate and unconditional release if they are not charged
with criminal offences and tried according to international standards for a
fair trial.
APPEALS TO:
Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street
Hakirya, Jerusalem 91007, Israel
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Jerusalem, Israel
Faxes: + 972 3 691 7915
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Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
General Yitzhak Mordechai
Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence
7 ‘A’ Street, Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telegrams: Defence Minister, Tel Aviv, Israel
Faxes: + 972 3 697 6218
Salutation: Dear Minister
General Antoine Lahad
South Lebanon Army
c/o Lieutenant-General Amnon Shahak
Chief of General Staff
7 ‘A’ Street
Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telegrams: General Lahad, c/o Chief General Staff, Tel Aviv, Israel
Faxes: + 972 3 691 6940 (write c/o Lieutenant-General Amnon Shakak, Chief
of General Staff)
Salutation: Dear General
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Israel accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 14 January 1998.

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