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Supreme Court hears petition seeking social welfare reports at remand hearings in the military courts

[5 April 2018] – On 7 March 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court handed down a decision in a petition seeking an order requiring the production of social welfare reports at every remand hearing involving a child in the military courts in the West Bank. The petition sought to address a fundamental shortcoming in the military courts whereby the overwhelming majority of Palestinian children continue to be denied bail and are held in custody on remand pending the conclusion of legal proceedings.

Canada responds to unlawful transfer question

[5 April 2018] – On 8 December 2015, MCW wrote to Canada’s then representative in Ramallah, Ms. Katherine Verrier-Fréchette, about Canada’s legal obligations under Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention in relation to Israel’s policy of transferring Palestinian child detainees out of the West Bank.

Details emerge of UK offer to provide Israeli military authorities training on child detention

[5 April 2018] - In a recent debate in the UK parliament on the military detention of Palestinian children in the West Bank, the Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt, made reference to an offer made to the Israeli government to provide Metropolitan Police training around the detention of children.

UNICEF falls silent 5-years after the release of its child detention report

[March 2018] - This month marks 5 years since UNICEF published the report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - which concluded that "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized”.

No UNICEF updates for 3 years

[26 February 2018] - This month marks 3 years since UNICEF published its last update to the 2013 report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - which concluded that "the ill-treatment of children appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised throughout the process."

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