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UNICEF - Children in Military Detention - Bulletin No. 2 (February 2015)

This Bulletin is UNICEF's second update since the publication of the 2013 report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - which concluded that ill-treatment appeared to be "widespread, systematic and institutionalised". In its latest update, UNICEF concludes that "reports of alleged ill-treatment of children during arrest, transfer, interrogation and detention have not significantly decreased in 2013 and 2014."

Report of the Special Rapporteur on on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono (January 2015)

This report includes a section on the arrest and detention of Palestinian children. The report notes that although the Israeli authorities have implemented a number of changes to the system and no longer deny that there is a problem, the issue is now being handled a public relations problem whilst the ill-treatment and denial of basic legal rights continues.

UN Human Rights Committee - Concluding Observations (November 2014)

In its Concluding Observations of Israel's fourth Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Committee recognised Israel's security concerns but expressed concern at reports of the use of torture and other ill-treatment, including widespread, systematic and institutionalised ill-treatment of Palestinian children and reiterated the need for the audio-visual recording of all interrogations.

ACRI: One Rule Two Legal Systems (October 2014)

This report outlines the nature of the legal regime currently operating in the West Bank. Two systems of law are applied in a single territory: one, a civilian legal system for Israeli citizens, and a second, a military court system for Palestinian residents. The result: institutionalized discrimination. The legal differentiation is not restricted to security or criminal matters, but touches upon almost every aspect of daily life.

MCW progress report: children in military custody - 2 years on (September 2014)

This report reviews progress made in implementing the 40 recommendations contained in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office funded report - Children in Military Custody - prepared by a delegation of leading UK lawyers in 2012. Two years on, MCW concludes that just 2 of the UK report's 40 recommendations have been substantially implemented - or 5 per cent.

UN Secretary-General's Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict (May 2014)

The report highlights global trends regarding the impact of armed conflict on children in 23 locations, including Israel and Palestine. In 2013, the UN documented 107 cases representing 15 per cent of the total number of children detained by the Israeli military during the year, and found evidence of cruel and degrading ill-treatment in every case. The UN noted that children are still forcibly transferred in violation of international law.

Children in Israeli military detention: MCW progress report - 12 months on (March 2014)

This report reviews progress made in implementing the 38 recommendations made by UNICEF in the report - Children in Israeli Military Detention. One year on, MCW concludes that although there have been a number of key changes in the system in recent years, 87 per cent of UNICEF's recommendations remain un-implemented and ill-treatment still appears to be "widespread, systematic and institutionalised".

US State Department human rights report (March 2014)

This report covers human rights abuses 2013. As in previous years, the Report identifies as problems the excessive use of force against civilians, including killings; abuse of Palestinian detainees, particularly during arrest and interrogation; austere and overcrowded detention facilities; improper use of security detention procedures; demolition and confiscation of Palestinian property.

Children in military custody - progress report - 18 months on (December 2013)

This report reviews progress made in implementing the 40 recommendations contained in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office funded report - Children in Military Custody - prepared by a delegation of leading UK lawyers in 2012. The UK report found breaches of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Fourth Geneva Convention. Eighteen months on, MCW reviews progress.

UN Human Rights Council: Draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (Israel) (November 2013)

The Working Group made recommendations relating to the treatment of children in military detention. There were specific recommendations relating to the inequality of treatment under Israel's military and civilian legal systems; night arrests; the use of restraints; solitary confinement; denial of legal representation; confessions in Hebrew; and the audio-visual recording of all interrogations involving children.


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