14 February 2001
in Meeting with the UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission
On 14 February, Adalah representatives Jamil Dakwar and Anne Massagee participated in a meeting with the United Nations Human Rights Inquiry Commission, set up by the UN Commission on Human Rights in October 2000. The three members of the Commission - Prof. John Dugard, Prof. Richard Falk, and Dr. Kamal Hossein - are investigating abuses by Israeli security forces against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories from 28 September. During the meeting, participants raised concerns about wide-ranging human rights violations which have taken place in Israel and the Occupied Territories since the beginning of the recent intifada, including excessive use of force, unlawful killings, denial of due process rights of detainees, torture during detention, and the failure of the police or Mahash (the Ministry of Justice Police Investigation Unit) to investigate the killings.