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Evidence update: access to lawyers

[24 February 2021] – Under Israeli military law a detainee has the right to consult with a lawyer prior to interrogation. There are exceptions but generally these do not apply to children. A detainee must also be informed of this right prior to questioning. In 2006, Israel's Supreme Court confirmed that the right to promptly consult with a lawyer is a fundamental right. Regardless, for years the military authorities systematically denied children access to lawyers until after the interrogation process was concluded, and in many cases, coerced confessions were obtained.

ICC issues decision on territorial jurisdiction over Palestine

[5 February 20201] -Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court decided, by majority, that the Court's territorial jurisdiction extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967.

Evidence update: night arrests and summonses

[14 January 2021] – Each year Israeli soldiers conduct about 3,200 search and arrest operations in Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

Evidence update: forcible transfer of children

[1 December 2020] – According to recent data released by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), 75 percent of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military forces in the West Bank were transferred and detained inside Israel in 2020. The transfer of these children is classified as a war crime under international law.

Evidence update: blindfolds

[3 November 2020] - In 2013 UNICEF issued a report on the treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention and concluded that their ill-treatment was “widespread, systematic and institutionalized.” One issue included in the report was the use of blindfolds.

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