Child Concern Case

ISR 220797 CC

Geneva, 22 July 1997

The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Israel.

Brief description of the situation:

Agir Ensemble, a member of the network and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights have expressed their grave concern over the death of Ibrahim Tawfiq Abu Ratima a 14 year old Palestinian boy who is both unable to speak or hear.

According to information received on the 22nd of June 1997, Abu Ratima was walking in an unrestricted area near the Morag Settlement in the Gaza Strip. Apparently Israeli soldiers called out orders for him to come to them. Abu Ratima can neither hear nor nor speak and thus did not respond. It is then alleged that that one of the soldiers fired at Abu Ratima. He was apparently hit in the head. The information states that at the time he was shot the situation was calm.

There was apparently a peaceful sit in and some of the participants carried Abu Ratima to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis. He was later transferred to Shiffa Hospital in order to receive intensive care. He did not regain consciousness and later died on the 3rd of July.

Action requested: Please write to the authorities urging them to:

i. guarantee an impartial and exhaustive investigation into the death of Abu Ratima, identify those responsible, bring them to trial and apply the penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions provided for by law;

ii. ensure the right of Abu Ratimas family to appropriate redress and compensation;

iii guarantee the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country in accordance with national laws and international standards.

Addresses :

Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Office of the Prime Minister, 3 Kaplan Street, Jerusalem 91919, State of Israel. Telex : 25279 mpres il. Fax : + 972 369 17 915

Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, 29 Salah al-Din Street, Jerusalem 91029, State of Israel. Fax : + 972 2 62 85 438

Mr. Yitzhak Mordachai, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence 3 Kline Street, Jerusalem, State of Israel. Fax : 03 691 69 40 or 03 697 72 85.

Minister of Police, Ministry of Police, PO Box 18182, 3 Sheikh Jarrah, Kiryat Hamemshala, Jerusalem 91181, State of Israel. Fax : + 972 2 5826 769

Geneva, 22 July 1997.

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code number of this appeal in your reply.

Ben Schonveld Projects Manager OMCT-SOS-Torture Fax 4122 733 1051 Ph 4122 733 3140 OMCT is: l'Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture The World Organisation Against Torture