Despite the distant location, torture is evident
The city of Jericho is located in Palestine, several kilometers away of the Jordan River, on the northern side of the Dead Sea. Jericho is the lowest ground spot on earth, and the most ancient living inhabited city since the rise of human societies. Politically, Jericho became the first city in the West Bank to be ruled by the Palestinian Authority in 1994, following the signing of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement -part of Oslo Accord, between Israeli Occupation Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
Since then, the Palestinian security forces took control over Jericho Prison from the Israeli Occupation, who had earlier -in turn- took over the prison from the Jordanian Authorities, after the June 1967 war. Hundreds of Palestinians had been detained beneath the walls of this Prison, where they had been subject to various horrendous ways of torture. The majority of those detainees were set free after the Oslo Accord; however, and only few months later, the Prison halls were full again, this time by the dozens of political detainees arrested by the Palestinian Authority on the background of their political views and their refusal of the peace process. Once again, the detainees have been subject to violent and inhumane forms of systematic torture, that exceeded probably that practiced by the Occupation Authorities.