[1 September 2021] – MCW has released its Annual Report (2020/21) which considers recent developments relating to the arrest and detention of children by the Israeli military in the West Bank. In addition to reviewing relevant legal and procedural changes in the system, the report considers the findings from 102 testimonies obtained from children detained in 2020, and considers longer-term trends based on 897 testimonies.
- In 2020 there was a 17 percent decline in the monthly average number of children in detention;
- The Israeli Prison Service has ceased providing monthly detention statistics opting for less detailed quarterly reporting;
- Out of 13 issues tracked by MCW in its Comparative Graph, 12 issues (92 percent) recorded a deterioration in 2020. Issues recording a deterioration included: hand-ties, blindfolds, physical violence, threats, right to silence and access to lawyers;
- There has been a significant surge in the number of children who report being held in solitary confinement as part of their interrogation process;
- The pilot programme to issue summonses in lieu of night arrests is now largely abandoned. In August 2021, the military authorities stated that they have introduced new procedures, but these remain largely classified;
- 65 percent of children continue to be forcibly transferred and/or unlawfully detained in prisons located outside the West Bank in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;
- Evidence of obstruction of justice at the International Criminal Court by some member states; and
- Evidence that illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank play an integral role in child detention.