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"Family Matters" - Using Family Members to Pressure Detainees
Reports | 1.2.2008

Report by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel on the phenomenon of using threats to harm relatives as a means of pressuring interrogees in ISA interrogations. The report describes six cases, including a false arrest of relatives, and an actual arrest of relatives who were suspected of nothing. The report emphasizes that threats to harm relatives constitute emotional torture, which is prohibited by a HCJ ruling from 1999 on the subject of torture in Israel, and proposes conclusions and recommendations for legislation and oversight of the ISA in order to prevent continued use of this interrogation method.

From the website of The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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