Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2003
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
February 25, 2004
"Israeli and international human rights organizations continued to report allegations that security forces tortured detainees during interrogation and that police officers beat detainees.
The conditions in military detention camps and Israeli interrogation centers for Palestinian security detainees held in Israel remained poor, and did not meet international standards.
Human rights groups issued complaints regarding torture, insufficient living space, and inadequate medical care for those detained in interrogation centers.
During the year, the Government detained without charge thousands of persons in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. According to human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country, some security prisoners were sentenced on the basis of coerced confessions.
The Government did little to reduce institutional, legal, and societal discrimination against the country's Arab citizens, who constituted approximately 20 percent of the population but did not share fully the rights and benefits provided to, and obligations imposed on, the country's Jewish citizens.
The Government interfered with individual privacy in some instances.
The Government interfered with an individual's ability to marry within the country by not recognizing Jewish marriages other than those performed by the Orthodox Jewish establishment and by prohibiting civil marriages.
Discrimination and societal violence against women persisted, although the Government continued to take steps to address these problems.
Discrimination against persons with disabilities persisted.
Trafficking in women into the country for the purpose of forced prostitution was a continuing problem.
There was evidence of labor trafficking among the country's estimated 236,000 foreign workers.
Abuse of foreign workers, including prostitutes, some of whom were trafficked to and employed illegally in the country, continued. "
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