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Newsletter - April 2020

At the end of April 2020, there were 168 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 76% of children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Also in this issue: recent evidence supports UNICEF's conclusion that the ill-treatment of children in Israel's military detention system is "widespread, systematic and institutionalised throughout the process"; Australia files submission disputing the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction; a testimony from a 13-year-old boy describing his arrest; and a video testimony from a female soldier.

Australian government tells ICC it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine
[9 May 2020] - The Australian government has told the International Criminal Court it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine because Palestine is “not a state”, arguing the court prosecutor’s investigation into alleged attacks on civilians.
Testimony: I.A.M.A.
On 28 March 2020, a 13-year-old minor from Kafr Qaddum was arrested by Israeli soldiers at 4:00 p.m. He reports first being questioned by a soldier without first being informed of his legal rights under military law.
The UNICEF Report - 7 years on
[6 March 2020] - In 2013 UNICEF published findings following a review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention. MCW reviews developments 7-years on.