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The right to a lawyer and admissibility of evidence - case analysis

[16 March 2017] - On 22 February 2017, a judge at Ofer military court rejected the admissibility of a statement taken from a 15-year-old boy during interrogation on the basis that, inter alia, the boy was denied access to a lawyer prior to interrogation as required under military law (Military Prosecution v Anonymous (Case 2030/16)). This decision has potential significance, as there is evidence to indicate that up to 90 percent of children detained by the military in the West Bank continue to be interrogated without prior access to a lawyer.

US State Department's Human Rights Report for 2016

[March 2017] - On 3 March 2017, the US State Department published its annual global report on human rights for 2016.

The UNICEF report - Four years on

[6 March2017] - Today marks the fourth anniversary since the publication of the UNICEF report - Children in Israeli Military Detention. Following a recent review of the evidence there appears to have been little substantive improvement.

Australian diplomats appear to ignore Foreign Minister's instructions

[March 2017] A recent question in the Australian parliament suggests that Australian diplomats have ignored an instruction given by the former Foreign Minister to visit military courts.

Comparative Graph - Issues of Concern (latest evidence)

[February 2017] - As part of MCW's monitoring programme, 13 issues of concern relating to the treatment of children in detention are tracked by reference to recent evidence. Evidence collected in 2016 suggests that the situation remains static with little substantive improvement.

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