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Evidence update: solitary confinement

[31 May 2024] - Evidence relating to the systematic use of solitary confinement of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military authorities as part of their interrogation is well documented with UNICEF recommending a total prohibition of the practice. However, the evidence shows that since UNICEF made this recommendation there has been a surge in its use. In 2023/24 children spent on average 25 days in solitary confinement and in 75 percent of cases they were unlawfully transferred from the occupied West Bank to interrogation facilities inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

State Department Human Rights Report (2023)

[25 April 2024] - This report covers violations in 2023 and considers the treatment of children in military detention. The Report is mandated by Congress and documents human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories. Staff in US embassies around the world compile the information contained in the Report. As in previous years the Report considers the treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention.

Evidence update - Administrative Detention

[30 April 2024) - During the past 12 months there has been a 544 percent increase in the number of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention compared to the previous 8 years.

UNICEF: Widespread and systematic abuse of children

[26 March 2024] - Eleven years ago, UNICEF reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank and concluded that "ill-treatment appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised throughout the process". This update considers the latest evidence on developments.

The link between illegal Israeli settlements and child detention

[29 February 2024] - Evidence collected over a 12 year period identifies a direct link between illegal Israeli settlements and the detention of Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank. The link is both geographical and logistical with 98 percent of child detainees living within several kilometres of a settlement.


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