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Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC - Report on Preliminary Examinations Activities (December 2017)

This report summarises the preliminary examination activities conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC between 1 October 2016 and 30 November 2017. During the reporting period the Office continued its preliminary examinations into the situations in 10 locations including Palestine. According to the Prosecutor "The Office has made significant progress in its assessment of the relevant factual and legal matters."

Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk (October 2017)

This report marks the 50th anniversary of Israel's military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Special Rapporteur articulates a four-point test as to whether a belligerent occupier remains a lawful occupant consisting of: annexation of territory; duration of occupation; acting in the best interests of the people living under occupation; and good faith.

UN Secretary-General's Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict (August 2017)

This report highlights global trends regarding the impact of armed conflict on children in 20 locations, including Israel and Palestine. In 2016 there was an increase in the number of Palestinian children arrested and detained by Israeli forces and prosecuted by juvenile military courts in the West Bank. The UN documented a total of 185 incidents of ill-treatment of children by Israeli forces during arrests and detention.

MCW Annual Report (June 2017)

This report considers developments relating to the detention of children by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2016/17. In addition to reviewing relevant legal and procedural changes the report considers the findings from 127 testimonies obtained from children detained during 2016. The report also considers: unlawful transfer of prisoners; dual legal systems; and the link between detention and settlements.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk (April 2017)

This report focuses on attacks by Israeli authorities on Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders and the ever shrinking space for their work. The Special Rapporteur concludes that "the 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, which becomes more pervasive by the day with no end even remotely in sight, has been profoundly corrosive of human rights and democratic values."

US State Department - Human rights report (March 2017)

This report covers human rights abuses during 2016. After referring to UNICEF's 2013 finding that ill-treatment of children held in Israeli military detention appears to be "widespread, systematic and institutionalised", the State Department referred to recent reports indicating that this conclusion is still valid in 2016. The State Department also noted that most Palestinian prisoners continue to be detained inside Israel.

Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC - Report on Preliminary Examinations Activities (November 2016)

This report summarises the preliminary examination activities conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC between 1 November 2015 and 30 September 2016. During the reporting period the Office continued its preliminary examinations of the situations in Afghanistan, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, Ukraine and respecting the Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia.

Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk (October 2016)

This report has a section on children held in Israeli military detention. The Special Rapporteur notes that "as part of the dual legal system in existence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palestinian children arrested in the West Bank are subject to Israeli military law (as are Palestinian adults), while Israeli settlers in the same geographic area are subject to the Israeli civil and criminal legal system."

UN submission: Children in Israeli military detention (July 2016)

This submission reviews recent developments in the military courts as well as analysing 393 testimonies collected from children detained by the Israeli military since 2013. The submission concludes that despite a number of changes to the system, UNICEF's 2013 finding that "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institulionised" still applies.

B'Tselem - The Occupation's Fig Leaf: Israel's Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism (May 2016)

This report considers internal accountability mechanisms. Ever since B'Tselem was established more than 25 years ago, it has applied to the MAG Corps regarding hundreds of incidents in which Palestinians were harmed by soldiers, demanding the incidents be investigated. Since the second intifada began in late 2000, B'Tselem has demanded an investigation in 739 cases.


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