Children in Military Custody assesses the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, examining each stage in the process: arrest, interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.
The report deals with a comparative analysis of Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children. The central questions addressed are: what are the differences between the two systems and is there any justification for these differences?
Specifically, the report
- assesses the applicability of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- discusses compliance with international standards.
- highlights the differences between Israeli domestic law, applied to Israeli children, and Israeli military law, applied to Palestinian children in the West Bank.
- makes recommendations on ways to address the inequalities between the two legal systems, and
- suggests areas for further development.
In September 2011 a UK delegation of 9 lawyers – from the fields of human rights, crime and child welfare – travelled to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to assess the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law.
The objective of the group was to produce an independent report founded on the principles of the rule of law and children’s rights. A substantial and balanced body of relevant information was collated. The delegation met with various key parties, including Israeli Government departments and the military, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, UN agencies, former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children. They also visited the military courts at Ofer Prison outside Jerusalem and observed proceedings involving children.
The project was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which also provided diplomatic support throughout the visit, on the shared understanding that the delegation was to be entirely independent. The content, conclusions and recommendations of the report are accordingly the delegation’s own.
Here you can
– download the Full Report
– download the Executive Summary in Arabic / English / Hebrew
See also upcoming Seminar in Edinburgh, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 1-5pm
Children in Chains – Israel’s Twilight Zone
organised by Scottish Friends of Palestine – SFoP with the Educational Institute for Scotland – EIS
(for details please see post of 28Sep2012 in these pages)