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MCW Annual Report (October 2022)

This report considers developments relating to the arrest and detention of children by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2021 and 2022. In addition to reviewing relevant legal and procedural changes the report considers the findings from 100 testimonies obtained from children detained during 2021. The report also considers the forcible transfer and unlawful detention of children outside the West Bank.

Evidence update: reports of physical violence at all-time highs
[8 September 2022] – In 2013, following an extensive review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention, UNICEF concluded that the: "ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and instutionalized."
Evidence Update: Transferring Children to Interrogation Centres on the Floor of Military Vehicles
[31 July 2022] – Following an extensive review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention, UNICEF reported that "many children are subjected to ill-treatment during the journey to the interrogation centre. Some suffer from being forced to lie on the floor of the vehicle.
UN Secretary-General's Report on Children in Armed Conflict
[18 July 2022] - In July 2022, the UN released the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children in Armed Conflict. The report includes trends regarding the impact of armed conflict on children in 2021. In relation to children in Israeli military detention, the UN notes that 85 percent report ill-treatment and breaches of due process.