Investigate the Death of Arafat Jaradat ~ by Prof. Em. Richard Falk


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Richard Falk at press conference. Photo by Jess Hoffman, UN.

Richard Falk at press conference. Photo by Jess Hoffman, UN.

Richard Falk Weblog | March 1, 2013

What follows is a news report prompted by my press release on the shocking treatment of Arafat Jaradat who died while being held in an Israel prison.

27 February 2013 – A United Nations human rights expert today called for an international investigation into the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, who died in Israeli custody just a few days after his arrest.

“The death of a prisoner during interrogation is always a cause for concern, but in this case, when Israel has shown a pattern and practice of prisoner abuse, the need for outside, credible investigation is more urgent than ever,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk.

“The best approach might be the creation of an international forensic team under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council,” he added in a news release.

Both the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, and the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, have also called for an independent investigation into Mr. Jaradat’s death, which occurred on Saturday.

Mr. Falk pointed to the assessment made by the Palestinian Authority’s chief pathologist, Dr. Saber Aloul, who observed the autopsy carried out inside Israel, and found there were clear signs of torture on the body of the previously healthy, 30-year-old detainee.

Israeli officials initially claimed Mr. Jaradat died of a heart attack, but the preliminary autopsy findings did not include a cause of death, noted the news release.

“In light of Dr. Aloul’s findings that there was no evidence of heart disease or damage, and that there were signs of torture on Jaradat’s body, an independent international investigation should be launched,” stated Mr. Falk.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, more than 700 Palestinian detainees have filed complaints against agents of the Israeli security agency Shin Bet for mistreatment during interrogation throughout the last decade. However, noted the news release, not one has led to a criminal investigation.

Mr. Jaradat hailed from the small village of Sa’ir near Hebron and was a gas station attendant. He leaves behind a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son; his wife Dalal is pregnant with their third child.

“As an occupying power, Israel has special responsibilities under international humanitarian law to deal humanely with Palestinians held in detention, and the international community has similar responsibilities to ensure that these are carried out,” Mr. Falk underscored.

Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.


MORE ABOUT ISRAELI TORTURE

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  • UFree: Israeli doctors conceal torture incidents in Israeli jails – Source
  • Stone Cold Justice – Israel’s Detention & Torture of Children – Israeli Torture policies
  • Israel Torture Palestinian Children by Electric-Shocking – Source
  • Saving Sergeant Shalit, Condemning Palestinians to Torture and Children to Imprisonment – Source
  • The Story of 16 year old Yazen Abbasi tortured by Israeli Forces – Source
  • Israeli military courts condone torture – Source
  • Israeli doctors ‘failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees’ – Source
  • Israeli doctors complicit in torture – Source
  • An in-depth interview with Mukhlis Burghal, freed Palestinian prisoner who faced torture in Israeli jails – Source
  • Dec 5, 2011 | Israeli military court, for first time, admits use of torture against prisoner – Source
  • Israeli Torture – Soldiers beat Palestinian boy – video

More information can be found in the Category: Torture on this blog



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