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Human Rights

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 July 2003

This week Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinians. Israeli forces invaded a number of towns and villages and demolished 15 Palestinian homes in al-Mughraqa and Beit Hanoun. Israeli forces razed agricultural lands in the northern Gaza Strip and continued indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas. Israeli forces continued their arbitrary arrest campaigns and continued its tight siege on Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

Affidavits from eyewitnesses to Rachel Corrie killing (Durie, Carr, Hewitt)

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 July 2003

Affidavits, collected by lawyer Raji Sourani in the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, from Nicholas James Porter Durie, Joseph Carr, and William George Hewitt.

Affidavits from eyewitnesses to Rachel Corrie killing (Schnabel, Dale, Purssell)

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 July 2003

Affidavits, collected by lawyer Raji Sourani in the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, from Gregory S. Schnabel, Thomas Edward Dale, and Richard J.A Purssell.

Impunity for Israeli killing of US peace activists

30 June 2003

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The conclusion of an Israeli army investigation states that the death of Rachel Corrie was “an accident”. PCHR is concerned that this investigation was not properly conducted in accordance with minimum international standards. Affidavits taken from eyewitnesses contrast sharply with the Israeli army investigation’s conclusions.

An open letter to the survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre

Ellen Siegel
29 June 2003

Ellen Siegel is a registered nurse. She volunteered her services at the Gaza Hospital in Sabra Camp in Beirut in 1982, and was there during the massacre. She testified, as a witness, before the Kahan Commission of Inquiry in Jerusalem. This is a letter she wrote to her friends and fellow massacre survivors and witnesses in Beirut in the wake of Belgium’s decision to weaken its universal jurisdiction (anti-atrocity) legislation in response to pressure from the US Government.

A sharp increase in torture, ill treatment and violence in GSS interrogations

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
25 June 2003

On the occasion of the UN International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture tomorrow, June 26, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) published some of its finding on torture in Israel. These findings are part of a report that will be published by PCATI in the coming weeks.

Confronting Impunity for War Crimes: The Choice before Belgium -- and All of Us

Laurie King
27 June 2003

“Seasoned and objective analysts have been surprised and alarmed at American officials’ extreme reactions to Belgium’s recently modified universal jurisdiction law. US threats seem excessive and hysterical, especially since the new law successfully filtered out two cases lodged in the Belgian courts against US officials for alleged war crimes committed in Iraq in 1991 and 2003. Could there be any unspoken reasons for the unprecedented and impolitic arm-twisting of the Belgian government by US officials in recent weeks?” Laurie King-Irani examines the political context of recent attempts to gut Belgium’s admirable universal jurisdiction law.

One thousand days, more than 3000 people killed

26 June 2003

One thousand days of violence have killed just over 3,000 people (2,398 Palestinians and 704 Israelis) and left 28,000 injured (23,150 Palestinians and 4,849 Israelis) in Israel and the Palestinian Autonomous and Occupied Territories. This is the human toll since the second Intifada started on September 29, 2000, according to figures from the Palestine Red Crescent (PRCS) and Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s equivalent of a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
26 June 2003

This week, Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinians, including two women. Four of the victims were killed in extra-judicial executions. Israeli forces invaded Palestinian areas and demolished 12 homes and razed agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to shell Palestinian residential areas and continued to use Palestinian civilians as human shields. Dozens of Palestinian civilians were arrested as the siege on Palestinian communities continued.

Open letter concerning the use of ill-treatment and torture on Palestinian detainees

25 June 2003

The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the world’s largest network of NGO’s fighting against torture, has written an open letter to Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon regarding its concerns about the use of ill-treatment and torture - including the use of various forms of torture that were outlawed by a 1999 Israeli High Court of Justice ruling - in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

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