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Evidence update: prompt access to lawyers

[6 June 2023] – 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 the 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.

Evidence update: right to silence

[30 April 2023] – The right to remain silent during interrogation and at trial gives effect to the principle that a suspect is presumed innocent and the onus of proving otherwise is on the authorities. A suspect is not obliged to prove or disprove facts or incriminate themselves.

The UNICEF Report - 10 years on

[30 March 2023] – Marking the 10th anniversary since UNICEF published the report - Children in Israeli Military Detention (2013). UNICEF concluded that: "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process."

State Department Human Rights Report (2022)

[26 March 2023] – On 20 March 2023, the US State Department published the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2022. As in previous years the Report highlights human rights violations by multiple actors in the region and considers the treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention.

Can the ICC retain legitimacy while selectively prosecuting the unlawful transfer of children?

[18 March 2023] – On 17 March 2023, the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court) issued warrants for two Russians allegedly responsible for the war crime of the unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. The alleged crimes were committed at least from February 2022.

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