|Breaking the Silence – Children and Youth: Soldiers’ Testimonies (2005-2011)|
This report contains 47 testimonies from soldiers who have served in the West Bank and Gaza Strip relating to the treatment of children. In one testimony a former soldier describes the purpose behind the frequent incursions by the Israeli army into Palestinian villages is to create “friction … just to grind the population” making their lives “more and more miserable” in order to discourage stone throwing and resistance.
|No Legal Frontiers – All Guilty! Observations in the Military Juvenile Court (2011)|
This reports presents findings from military court observations between 2010 and 2011. The report found that only about 6% of minors were released on bail whereas the rest were detained until the end of the proceedings against them. The vast majority of files were based on the defendants’ confessions, given during police interrogations, and on incrimination by boys of similar ages given in the same circumstances. 100% of cases ended in conviction.
|Who Profits – The case of G4S: Private security companies and the Israeli occupation (2011)|
This report considers the involvement of UK/Danish security company G4S in providing security at settlements and equipment to Israeli checkpoints and prisons. Under Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention it is a “grave breach” to transfer and imprison protected persons out of occupied territory. In spite of this provision, 19 out of 20 facilities used by the Israeli Prison Service to imprison Palestinians, including children, are located outside the West Bank.
|US State Department – human rights report (April 2011)|
This report covers human rights abuses in 2010. Reports indicate that Israeli authorities routinely arrested minors at checkpoints, on the street, at night, and in early morning house raids, and transferred them to one of eight detention facilities for interrogation. In most cases authorities reportedly failed to inform parents where their children would be taken. Reports also indicate that authorities tortured and abused minors to coerce confessions, which were frequently written in Hebrew.
|UN Human Rights Committee – Concluding Observations (July 2010)|
In its Concluding Observations of Israel’s periodic report under the Convention on Civil and Political Rights, the Committee recognised Israel’s security concerns whilst stressing the need to observe and guarantee human rights in accordance with the Convention. The Committee expressed concern at allegations of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of child detainees. The Committee recommended that children be given prompt access to a lawyer and all interrogations be audio-visually recorded.
|Breaking the Silence – Occupation of the Territories (2000-2010)|
This report contains testimonies from former Israeli soldiers describing various aspects of the army’s military activities in the West Bank. On the topic of arrests the report states that: Over the course of the last decade, tens of thousands of Palestinians have been arrested in military operations conducted deep in Palestinian territory nearly every night. Soldiers’ testimonies reveal the methods for carrying out such arrests.
|PCATI - Accountability Denied: The Absence of Investigation and Punishment of Torture in Israel (December 2009)|
The report concludes that Israel has no genuine investigation mechanism for complaints of torture. This results in absolute criminal immunity for interrogators who commit grave crimes. In practice the system enjoys the acquiescence and encouragement of the law enforcement system for torture that occurs in GSS interrogations. Among other things, complaints are checked by an active GSS agent who is the official in charge of checking interrogee complaints.
|UN Committee against Torture – Concluding Observations (May 2009)|
In its Concluding Observations of Israel’s periodic report under the Convention against Torture, the Committee noted that whilst there is a prevailing situation of unrest in the region under international law “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever may be invoked as a justification of torture”. In its conclusions the Committee recommended that interrogations be video recorded and that children have access to a lawyer and a family member at the outset of their detention.