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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Public Committee against Torture in Israel v State of Israel Case (Isr)

Israel [il]

Yoram Rabin, Assaf Meydani

Proportionality — Police, powers, and functions — Prisons and prisoners — Due process — Standing (locus standi) — Military forces — Secret service — Prohibition of torture

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Public Committee against Torture in Israel et al v The State of Israel et al is a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Israel (Beit HaMishpat HaElyon) sitting as the High Court of Justice (HCJ), led by President A Barak, on 6 September 1999. In its interrogations, the Israeli General Security Service (GSS) made use of methods that included subjecting suspects to ‘moderate physical pressure’ in accordance with the relevant directives, which allowed for such measures if necessary to immediately save human life. The petitioners challenged the legality of...
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