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Newsletter - December 2021

At the end of December 2021, there were 145 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 64% of children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Geneva IV and the Rome Statute of the ICC. Also in this issue: 2021 in Review - a look back at some of the significant issues relating to child detention; the surge in solitary confinement cases continues; and a child's testimony.

2021 In Review
[18 January 2022] - This statement contains a brief overview of significant child detention issues from the past year.
Report: Surge in solitary confinement cases
[7 December 2021] – Historically, less than 4 percent of Palestinian child detainees have reported being held in solitary confinement as part of their interrogation process - or 20-40 children each year. A new report published today suggests that the proportion of children currently held in solitary confinement has surged to nearly 20 percent.
900 testimonies confirm UNICEF's finding of widespread abuse
[2 November 2021] – In October MCW collected its 900th testimony from a child detained by the Israeli military in the West Bank. This body of evidence collected between 2013 and 2021 tends to confirm UNICEF's 2013 conclusion that ill-treatment appears to be "widespread, systematic and institutionalised" throughout the system.