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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 849, May19 2017: Palestinian child detainees

Publication date : 2017-05-19

Ramallah, April 17, 2017—Israeli authorities held increasing numbers of Palestinian children in solitary confinement for longer periods in 2016, for interrogation purposes. Defense for Children International - Palestine collected affidavits from 161 West Bank children detained by Israeli forces and prosecuted under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts during 2016. Of these children, 25 were held in solitary confinement for interrogation purposes for an average period of 16 days, a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

Palestinian child detainees

Ramallah, April 17, 2017—Israeli authorities held increasing numbers of Palestinian children in solitary confinement for longer periods in 2016, for interrogation purposes. Defense for Children International - Palestine collected affidavits from 161 West Bank children detained by Israeli forces and prosecuted under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts during 2016.

Of these children, 25 were held in solitary confinement for interrogation purposes for an average period of 16 days, a 23 percent increase over the previous year. The longest period of isolation for a child that DCIP documented in 2016 was 29 days. In 2015, DCIP documented a total of 15 children held in solitary confinement by Israeli authorities for interrogation purposes.

“Israeli authorities apparently use isolation to create a psychologically compelling situation for the child detainee, and then vulnerability increases when access to legal counsel is denied,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP. “The practice of using solitary confinement on children, for any duration, is a clear violation of international law, as it amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and in some cases, torture.”The 25 children were all boys aged between 15 and 17 years old, including 17 children aged 17 years, 5 children aged 16 years, and three children aged 15 years. In February, in an interview published by The Jerusalem Post, Lt.-Col. (res.)

Maurice Hirsch, Israel’s former chief military prosecutor in the West Bank, claimed Israeli authorities have no policy of solitary confinement for Palestinian children. Hirsch alleged that in cases where Palestinian children are held in isolation it is due to the fact that no other minors were present at the facility at the time, and the law requires that minors be held separate from adults to ensure their protection.While globally, children in conflict with the law are often held in solitary confinement either as a disciplinary measure or to separate them from adult populations, the use of isolation by Israeli authorities does not appear to be related to any disciplinary, protective, or medical rationale or justification. The longest period one child was held in solitary confinement was 45 days, while the average time spent in solitary confinement was 13 days.

Adapted from: http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/04/17/plus-de-1-000-palestiniens-en-greve-de-la-faim-dans-les-prisons-israeliennes_1563280

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