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The Netherlands responds to the unlawful transfer and detention question

[26 September 2018] – On 7 December 2015, Military Court Watch (MCW) wrote to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tel Aviv concerning the legal obligations imposed on the Netherlands. In August 2018 the Embassy responded stating that it has raised concerns on a number of occasions.

UN Secretary General extensively reduces focus on children in military detention

[29 June 2018] – On 27 June 2018, the UN released the Annual Report of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in New York. This year the Report devoted just 129 words to the issue of Palestinian children in military detention compared with 474 words in 2013 - a reduction of 73 percent.

UK LAWYERS’ REPORT – 6 YEARS ON

[26 June 2018] – This month marks 6 years since a delegation of UK lawyers reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law and published their findings and recommendations. During the intervening period just 1 of the Report's 40 recommendations has been substantially implemented.

The right to a lawyer - Case analysis

[31 May 2018] – A judge at Ofer military court rejected the admissibility of a statement given by a Palestinian minor during a police interrogation This is at least the second time that Judge Lt. Col. Yair Tirosh has rejected evidence based on a lack of access to a lawyer.

US State Department - Human rights report (April 2018)

[24 April 2018] – On 20 April 2018, the US State Department published its annual global report on human rights for 2017 (the Report). The Report is mandated by Congress and documents human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries. As in previous years the report extensively covers Israel's military detention of children.


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