Protecting the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system

The Social Affairs Committee today called on the Israeli authorities to work with UNICEF, the International Committee of the Red Cross and civil society to change laws and practice to fully protect the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system.

In fact, according to UNICEF and the vast majority of NGOs (international, Palestinian and Israeli), the ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli military detention system is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised” throughout the process – from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing.

“An end must be put to all forms of psychological and physical abuse of children during arrest, transit, waiting periods, and during interrogations themselves,” the parliamentarians said, adopting a report prepared by Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC).

The committee also recommended that “no child be held in administrative detention or solitary confinement for any reason” and called on Israel to raise the age of criminal responsibility of children to at least 14 years of age.