B’Tselem: Israel persists in violating the rights of young detainees

[ PIC 06/01/2013 – 11:28 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli army and police still persist in violating the rights of the Palestinian children enshrined in international laws and conventions, human rights group B’Tselem said.

B’Tselem affirmed on its website that Israel violates the international law through arbitrarily kidnapping Palestinian children and minors from their homes overnight and detaining them in interrogation centers to extract confessions from them under pressure and threat.

It said that the lengthy detention of young detainees, in conjunction with other restrictions imposed on them such as denying them legal counsel, isolating them from the rest of the world with no monitoring of either detention or interrogation, invites improper behavior by the investigating authorities as well as the use of unacceptable interrogation methods.

It added that Israel’s inflated periods of detention, seriously infringe Palestinians’ fundamental rights including their rights to liberty, due process, human dignity and equality.

Israel also violates its own law regarding the maximum period of detention, 12 hours for minors up to age 14 and 24 hours for minors aged 14-18, and allows its security and military forces to double and exceed these periods at the pretext of interrogation, B’Tselem stated.

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