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UNICEF Report critical of Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Adolescents in Detention

posted 16 Mar 2013, 07:57 by Damian Wood   [ updated 16 Mar 2013, 08:00 ]
A leading article in this week's Lancet (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60657-1) entitled Protecting the Rights of Palestinian children detained in Israel highlights the publication of a new UNICEF report, Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations. The report highlights some disturbing findings including mounting allegations that Palestinian children aged 12-17 years in Israeli military detention have been subjected to “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” ill treatment including lack of access to water, basic sanitation, food, medical care and contact with lawyers or family members. Most disturbing are allegations that children have been subject to solitary confinement whilst others exposed to physical abuse, intimidation and threats all in contravention of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report also outlines 38 specific recommendations which take consideration of Israels security concerns. The Lancet authors argue "the Israeli military authorities must adopt and enforce the recommendations immediately Detained Palestinian children should be treated in accordance with international law and standards, with absolute prohibition of torture and all forms of other ill treatment, without exception."