Al-Haq Sends Submission to UN Special Rapporteur with regards to Israel’s Excessive Use of Force and Killing of Palestinian Persons with Psychosocial, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Al-Haq Sends Submission to UN Special Rapporteur with regards to Israel’s Excessive Use of Force and Killing of Palestinian Persons with Psychosocial, Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesOn 1 February 2019, Al-Haq sent a submission to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (hereinafter the Special Rapporteur) in response to a call for input on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officials on persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities. The submission focused on the excessive use of force and killing of Palestinian persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) throughout 2018. The submission examined the systematic and deliberate use of excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force and lethal force by the IOF, along with other agents of the Occupying Power, against protected Palestinian civilians, including persons with psychosocial, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 2018, the IOF killed 10 Palestinian persons with disabilities throughout the OPT. Of these, five Palestinian persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities were killed as a result of the IOF's excessive and lethal force across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Of the five killed, three persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities were killed within the context of peaceful protests during the Great Return March in the Gaza Strip: Karam Muhammad Fayyad, Hussein Fathi Al-Ruqub, and Ghanem Ibrahim Shurrab. Meanwhile, Muhammad Subhi 'Anbar and Muhammad Hussam Habali, both killed in Toulkarem, north of the West Bank, illustrate Israel's excessive use of lethal force and its shoot-to-kill policy.

In addition, Al-Haq highlighted Israel's systemic disregard for Palestinian human rights, including their inherent right to life, by means of employing excessive and lethal force against them – regardless of their age, gender, or other status – and in instances where they do not pose an imminent threat to the lives of Israeli forces or others. Furthermore, Al-Haq stressed Israel's failure to carry out genuine and impartial investigations into cases of killings involving Palestinians, fostering and entrenching a culture of impunity.

Finally, and as part of the recommendations presented, Al-Haq called on the Special Rapporteur to:

 

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