Israeli group challenges lack of accountability
[17 February 2014] – On 16 February, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) issued a statement highlighting the failure by the relevant authorities to investigate credible allegations of torture allegedly committed during interrogations conducted by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). PCATI is one of the parties to a petition filed in the Israeli Supreme Court (sitting as the High Court of Justice) seeking appropriate accountability in such cases.
The statement issued by PCATI notes that since 2001, over 800 complaints have been lodged against ISA interrogators alleging ill-treatment and torture without a single criminal investigation being opened. This is in spite of the fact that in 15 percent of the cases the State admits the ill-treatment or torture occurred as alleged.
PCATI’s full statement is available here.