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UNITED
NATIONS

        Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
CAT/C/SR.297/Add.1
9 May 1997

COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE

Eighteenth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE PUBLIC PART* OF THE 297th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Friday, 9 May 1997, at 11.15 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. DIPANDA MOUELLE


CONTENTS

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION
(continued)

Special report of Israel (continued)






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* The summary record of the closed part of the meeting appears as document CAT/C/SR.297.

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Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Committee at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.

GE.97-16637 (E)

The public part of the meeting was called to order at 1l.15 a.m.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION (agenda item 4) (continued)

Special report of Israel (continued) (CAT/C/33/Add.2/Rev.1): Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee

1. At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. Lamdan and Mr. Koren (Israel) took places at the Committee table.

2. Mr. BURNS (Country Rapporteur) read out the following conclusions and recommendations of the Committee on the special report of Israel:
A. Introduction
B. Conclusions
C. Recommendations

3. With regard to the exposure of prisoners to cold air, he had taken note of the observations made by the representative of Israel.

4. Mr. LAMDAN (Israel) said that his Government would respond in due course to the Committee's conclusions and recommendations; for his part, he would merely communicate his initial reaction. He began by thanking the Committee for its serious-minded approach to the consideration of Israel's report and the preparation of its conclusions and recommendations, which were, however, disappointing because it was not the case that Israel used torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment when interrogating terrorists. The Committee had chosen to give credence not to the Government's report but to the totally unfounded hearsay evidence of non-governmental organizations. He took issue in particular with paragraph 5 of the conclusions, which stated that Israel had not denied that unacceptable methods were systematically applied in Israel. Israeli law prohibited the use of methods that were inconsistent with the Convention in any circumstances and the High Court had never legitimized such methods. Interrogations were conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines and were subject to constant and independent supervision. He pointed out that a State's primary responsibility was to protect human life and that Israel was faced with the agonizing dilemma of trying to save lives while abiding by the Convention; its openness and honesty had been poorly rewarded. At all events, he would communicate the Committee's conclusions and recommendations to his Government, which would study them carefully.

5. The CHAIRMAN thanked the Israeli delegation for the frank and open dialogue which had taken place and which he hoped would continue in the interests of all concerned when the second periodic report of Israel was considered.

6. The Israeli delegation withdrew.

The public part of the meeting rose at 11.30 a.m.

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