UNICEF Calls for Protection for Children in Israeli Detention

JERUSALEM, March 6, 2013 – The international children’s agency, UNICEF, Wednesday called on the Israeli authorities to treat Palestinian children in its custody in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards.

In a briefing paper titled Children in Israeli military detention: observations and recommendations, UNICEF recommended practical measures that could be adopted to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

“There appears to be a pattern of ill-treatment during the arrest, transfer and interrogation of child detainees,” it said based on testimonies from children.

The study included a series of recommendations to improve protection for children in conformity with international standards such as the prohibition of blindfolding and solitary confinement of children.

The paper also recommends that except in extreme circumstances, children should not be arrested at night and a lawyer or family member should be present during interrogation of child suspects.

“UNICEF welcomes some improvement in the treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military system over the past years, including raising the age when Palestinian children reach adulthood from 16 to 18 years,” said the study.

Source: WAFA News