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Since 1967 over 650,000 Palestinians have been detained, so that nearly all families have experienced the imprisonment of at least one male relative. Find out more in PSC’s Prisoners factsheet.
As the occupying power, and a signatory to the 4th Geneva Convention, Israel is under a number of legal obligations with regards to prisoners. These include:
- Not detaining prisoners outside the territory under occupation;
- Not subjecting prisoners to torture or to “physical or moral coercion… in particular to obtain information from them or from third parties”;
- Not sentencing prisoners without a proper trial, which includes the right to present evidence and call witnesses, to be represented by a lawyer “who shall be able to visit them freely and shall enjoy the necessary facilities for preparing a defence”.
Israel violates these legal strictures on a daily basis.
- services for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons in Israel to which Palestinians are transferred in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention
- the central command room at Israel’s Ofer prison in the illegally occupied West Bank
- systems at Israel’s Kishon and Jerusalem detention centres where there is evidence that Palestinians are tortured