Detention figures
End of June 2024:

Security Prisoners

Adults: 7.816
Children: 209
Total: 8,025

Percentage held in Israel:

Adults: 69%
Children: 50%

Administrative Detention

Adults: 3,302
Children: 75
Total: 3,377

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Newsletter - May 2022

Detention figures – According to data issued quarterly by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 March 2022, there were 4,241 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in detention facilities including 134 children (12-17 years). In the case of children there was an 8% increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 13% compared with 2021. Two children were held in administrative detention. According to the IPS, 67% of child detainees were transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. More statistics              


Strip searches: evidence update - In 2013, UNICEF recommended that "strip searches should be carried out only under exceptional circumstances and used only as a last resort. When conducted, strip searches should be done with full respect for the dignity of the child and be conducted by more than one person of the same gender as the child, in the presence of a parent, guardian or other responsible adult, wherever possible." Based on recent evidence, 63 percent of children continue to report being strip searched following arrest.  The process is embarrassing and humiliating with some children reportedly being made to crouch up and down while naked. In no cases were strip searches conducted in accordance with UNICEF's recommendations. 


A child's testimony - On 11 September 2021, a 16-year-old minor from Al Arrub was arrested by Israeli soldiers during clashes. He reports being interrogated without first being informed of his right to silence or right to consult with a lawyer. "I was trying to get home from Hebron but I couldn’t because there were clashes in rhw area with Israeli soldiers. It was around 4.00 p.m. Instead, I went to my friend’s house to wait until things calmed down. My friend and I went to the roof to have a look when all of a sudden three soldiers came up to the roof and accused us of throwing stones at them. One of the soldiers searched me and looked at my hands to see if there were traces of dirt." Read more


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