News & Activites 31 March 2016
ICHR demands Gaza Attorney General’s Office to probe death of detainee
The Independent Commission for Human Rights expresses its deep concern over the death, this morning, of a 19-year-old young man( Kh. A.) during his incarceration in the Gaza City’s Seraya Security Compound and demands investigation of circumstances surrounding his death.
According to his father’s testimony to the commission, his son was detained by the police on September 17, 2017 and then was brought before the Public Prosecution on September 19, 2017 to investigate him over alleged charges. His family was surprised when it heard of the news of his death this morning in the mass media which reported that his death was the result of falling from the 4th floor of the compound. His father added that he went to the forensic medicine center and saw the body of his son. He said he noticed some red bumps on the bottom of his feet and hands and other marks on different parts of his body. The father refused to take the body and asked that his burial be stopped. He also asked for opening of an investigation to know the real circumstances which led to his son’s death.
It’s worth noting that this was not the first tragic incident to occur in the Gaza City’s security compound. In one case, on June 26, 2016, a 26-year-old man( M.A.) died when he reportedly threw himself from a fourth-floor window.
The commission at the time wrote to the Public Prosecution asking for an independent inquiry into the details and circumstances of the incident and hold accountable those responsible for it. However, the commission has not received a response.
In the light of this incident, the commission demands the following:
1. The Public Prosecution should announce the results of the investigation and ensure a serious investigation as soon as possible.
2. The Public Prosecution should take all necessary protective measures to safeguard the lives of inmates during their interrogation in the compound.
3. The commission holds the official bodies the legal responsibility for this regrettable incident.