Violation of the Right to Physical Safety: Torture and Ill-Treatment

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copps-pictureIn 2012, The Independent Commission For Human Rights (ICHR) received numerous complaints of alleged cases of violations involving the right to physical safety in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

A total number of 306 cases of allegations of torture were received by ICHR in 2012, numbering (134) in the Gaza Strip, and (172) in the West Bank.

There were (52) cases of allegations of cruel and inhuman treatment during detention which were also received by ICHR, amounting to (13) in the Gaza Strip and (39) in the West Bank. It also received (156) allegations of physical or moral assault7, divided as (64) in the Gaza Strip and (92) in the West Bank8.

The allegations of torture which ICHR received in 2012 noticeably increased in comparison with those of 2011. In 2011, it received (214) cases of torture allegations, (85) cases of cruel and inhuman treatment and (204) cases of physical and moral abuse.

The responses ICHR received from the security agencies and the Public Prosecution concerning the complaints on the violation of the right to 5 . Letter from the Minister of Interior and National Security, number 672, dated January 15, 2013. Full Report.

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