Israel issues harsh prison sentences against 2 Palestinian children

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[ PIC 05/03/2013 – 09:41 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Ahrar center for prisoner studies and human rights strongly denounced the Israeli military court for issuing harsh prison sentences against Palestinian children under the age of 18.

An Israeli military court has sentenced two Palestinian children from Al-Zawya town in Salfit in the West Bank to two years imprisonment after charging them with throwing stones at Israeli occupation forces, the two prisoners’ relatives told Ahrar center.

For his part, the director of the center Fuad Al-Khuffash said that the children are: Waleed Nasr Shaqir, 16 years old, and Khalil Ibrahim Shaqir, 17 years old.

They both are school boys under the age of 18 and were arrested on June 2012 after the Israeli forces stormed and searched their houses. Their trail was postponed many times.

Al-Khuffash said that these sentences did not take into account that the detainees are under the age of 18, and violated the international law which forbids the detention of children under this age.

He has also noted that the occupation has continued its policy of detaining dozens of children under the age of 16 in its jails, depriving them from continuing their education.

The human rights activist called for saving these detained children, who have been subjected to severe torture and pressure in the prisons of the Israeli occupation which violates all the norms and international conventions and laws.


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