How do you say Istanbul Protocol in Hebrew? The curious case of Mr Firas Tbeish

  • Efrat Shir Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
Keywords: Istanbul Protocol, Israel, High Court of Justice, Firas Tbeish

Abstract

On 26 of November 2018, Israel’s High Court of Justice decided that Mr Firas Tbeish, a Palestinian from the Hebron area in the West Bank, had not been tortured. This concluded of six-year legal battle undertaken by Mr Tbeish and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. The case summary outlines the context in which the decision was given, while paying particular attention to the (mis)conception of Istanbul Protocol reports in Israel’s legal system.

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Cases:

As’ad Abu Gosh et al. v the Attorney General et al., HCJ 5722/12 (2017). Retrieved from http://stoptorture.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/English-Translation-of-Abu-Ghosh-Judgment.-DRAFT.odt.pdf

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Published
2019-10-30
How to Cite
Shir, E. (2019). How do you say Istanbul Protocol in Hebrew? The curious case of Mr Firas Tbeish. Torture Journal, 29(2), 90-95. https://doi.org/10.7146/torture.v29i2.114967