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Brutally Isolating Detainees in Israeli Prisons

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Brutally Isolating Detainees in Israeli Prisons - by Stephen Lendman

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Adalah and Physicians for Human Rights/Israel (called Mezan et al below) June 2011 report headlined, "Solitary Confinement of Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons" explains harsh and abusive conditions they endure.

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For so-called "security prisoners," treatment is especially brutal because of extreme restrictions, including when out of isolation. It affects everyone physically and emotionally, notably after long periods with no human contact.

The report focuses on one type of isolation called "separation," whether for punitive or administrative reasons. Mezan et al calls all forms of isolation "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment...."

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As a result, it violates fundamental international laws, including:

-- Geneva's Common Article 3, prohibiting all forms of cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment;

-- the International Covenant Against Torture (CAT), prohibiting it at all times, under all conditions with no allowed exceptions; and 

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-- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), stipulating that:

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