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Norwegian Ambassador responds to unlawful transfer question

[6 February 2017] - On 8 December 2015, MCW wrote to Norway's Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Jon Hanssen-Baur about Norway's legal obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention in response to Israel's policy of transferring and detaining protected persons outside occupied territory. On 31 January 2017, the Ambassador responded stating that: "Norway has raised the issue of detainee rights on all relevant levels in our dialogue with the Israeli authorities - including the highest political levels. We have placed particular importance on the issue of minors in detention in these conversations. We will continue to promote these issues on the bilateral and the multilateral level, with an emphasis on existing obligations under international law." Official responses to this issue have also been received from the US and UK consulates in Jerusalem.