Anti-torture condemns Israel

May 15, 2002

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a network of more than 200 non-government organisations, has attacked Israel's refusal to allow United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan's fact-finding mission to the ravaged West Bank refugee camp of Jenin to proceed.

A May 3 press release stated: "Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organisations that are members of the OMCT network have regularly addressed the secretary-general concerning extremely serious allegations about the Israeli army's behaviour in the Occupied Territories, most particularly in the case of the siege of Jenin ...

"OMCT also appeals to the United Nations to ensure that in the future it is in possession of the means required to enforce the respect of its resolutions, and to avoid that this shameful precedent be used systematically to paralyse the Security Council's decisions."

From Green Left Weekly, May 15, 2002.
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