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Newsletter - March 2014

At the end of February 2014, there were 210 Palestinian children held as "security prisoners' in Israeli prisons, an increase of 15% compared with the previous month - 49% of these children were detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. MCW reviews progress made in implementing UNICEF's 38 recommendations one year after the release of the UN agency's report - Children in Israeli Military Detention. Also in March, the US State Deparment released its annual report on human rights including information on child detention. Also Haaretz newspaper reports that a soldier pointed his weapon at a child during interrogation.

High Court back longer detention periods for Palestinians than for Israelis
Petition rejected after state shortens maximum detention period for Palestinians from eight days to four, vs. 24 hours for Israeli citizens.
The UNICEF Report - one year on
One year ago UNICEF published the report Children in Israeli Military Detention. MCW reviews progress.
US State Department Annual Global Report 2013
The US State Department recently published its annual global report on human rights for 2013.