DCI: Report to UN Exposes Israel’s Systematic Torture and Ill-treatment of Children

PNN – Palestine News Network –  10.02.11 – 12:29

Ramallah – DCI to PNN – after releasing a report this week documenting torture and Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention centers, Defence for Children International -Palestine  Section have asked the UN Special Rapporteurs: on torture; on the independence of judges and lawyers; and on arbitrary detention; to ensure that an independent international inquiry investigates Israel’s abuses of child prisoners.

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Soldiers Arresting a Child – Archive

The latest report of the last 6 months of 2010 contains testimonies of 40 children (aged 12 to 17), 62.5 percent of whom were accused of throwing stones. This follows DCI-Palestine’s submission to the UN on 29 January 2011 of 40 cases relating to the detention of Palestinian children from the occupied West Bank, under the Israeli military court system.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman of Action for Palestinian Children said, “This shocking report discloses persuasive evidence that confessions in Hebrew are extracted and signed under torture despite the children often not understanding the language. “Sir Bindman continued to say “A particularly disturbing claim in the report is that 47.5% (19) of the children interviewed suffered such abuses in the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “

DCI are seeking investigations of all credible cases of torture, with perpetrators being brought to justice, and insist that all child prisoners must be interrogated with audio- visual recording in the presence of a lawyer or family member.

Some of the DCI Report Details

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Sir Bindman said “ The treatment of these children, according to the report, systematically violates the UN Convention against Torture and the Fourth Geneva Convention. The international community must insist that the perpetrators of such abuses are brought to justice and if the abuses continue effective sanctions must be imposed.”

According to the weekly report of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, last week the Israeli army conducted 31 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank during which it arrested 23 Palestinian civilians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and seven children.

PNN – Palestine News Network – DCI: Report to UN Exposes Israel’s Systematic Torture and Ill-treatment of Children.

 

Full report here:

New report from Defence For Children On Palestinian Children: In their own Words:
http://www.dci-pal.org/English/Doc/Press/EASTJERUSALEM_JANUARY2011.pdf

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