Nahar Ahmad Sa’adi

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Addameer reports (12 December 2014):[1]

Nahar Al-Saadi (32 years old) was arrested on 18 September 2003. In February 2013, he was transferred to Jalameh interrogation center, where he was interrogated for 30 consecutive days. He reported being subjected to torture and ill treatment during the interrogation, including questioning for up to 22 hours at a time, threats to be put in isolation and shackled in stress positions

On 20 May 2013, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) transferred Mr. Al-Saadi to solitary confinement, where he has been detained since.Mr. Al-Saadi complains of the harsh conditions imposed on him, including being detained in inhumane cells, being allowed into the yard for only one hour a day, and denial of family visits. Mr. Al-Saadi has gone on hunger strike several times in the past to protest solitary confinement and its conditions, and to request his right to family visits, especially from his mother. The Israeli Authorities verbally promised to release him from solitary confinement to normal prison cellswith other prisoners; but have reneged on their promise several times.

The United Nations Special Rapportuer on Torture details the severe psychological effects of solitary confinement, including that it causes “psychotic disturbances”… anxiety, depression, anger, cognitive disturbances, perceptual distortions, paranoia and psychosis and self-harm.[1]" Solitary confinement can also cause physiological damage. Prisoners often develop "gastroenterology, vascular, urinary and reproductive system illnesses as well as suffer from sleep disturbances and extreme fatigue. They also complain of tremors, recurrences of heart palpitations, recurrences of excessive perspiration".

Mr. Al-Saadi’s Prolonged Solitary Confinement is Torture

The Special Rapporteur on Torture defines prolonged solitary confinement as torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment (CIDT):"The adverse acute and latent psychological and physiological effects of prolonged solitary confinement constitute severe mental pain or suffering. Thus the Special Rapporteur concurs […] that prolonged solitary confinement amounts to acts prohibited by article 7 of the Covenant, and consequently to an act as defined in article 1 or article 16 of the Convention. For these reasons, the Special Rapporteur reiterates that, in his view, any imposition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days constitutes torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, depending on the circumstances".

Mr. Al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinementfor one year and seven months, which amounts to more than 570 days. This period is 38 times higher than the period identified by the Special Rapporteur on Torture or CIDT. In these circumstances, Mr. Al-Saadi was left with no choice but to initiate a hunger strike to demand his rights.

In 2012, Palestinian detainees initiated a 28-day mass hunger strike calling for the end of solitary confinement among other demands. Despite the ISA agreement to do so, the policy continues to be used systematically. Nahar Al-Saadi is one of twenty Palestinian detainees currently held in long-term solitary confinement since the mass hunger strike. It is important to note that solitary confinement is also used a punitive measure against the detainees. Although they are isolated for shorter periods of time, the psychological and physical consequences are still grave.
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