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UNICEF falls silent 5-years after the release of its child detention report

[6 March 2018] - This month marks 5 years since UNICEF published the report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - which concluded that "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process”. Following the release of the report and its 38 recommendations, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it would “study the conclusions and work to implement them through on-going cooperation with UNICEF”. In accordance with this commitment the Ministry appointed the then military prosecutor in the West Bank, Lt. Col. Maurice Hirsch, as the "focal point for dialogue with UNICEF", although as a resident of an illegal West Bank settlement this appointment was highly problematic.

Newsletter - February 2018
At the end of December 2017, there were 352 Palestinian children held as 'security prisoners' in Israeli prisons. 52% of children were detained inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Testimony: M.I.M.J.
On 2 January 2018, a 15-year-old youth from Al’Arrub is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:00 a.m. He reports being interrogated without being informed of his right to silence. He is released on 18 January after paying a fine.
UK Parliamentary debate: Military Detention of Palestinian Children by Israeli Authorities
[13 February 2018] - On 7 February 2018, the UK Parliament debated the military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities. In the Government's assessment just 1 of the 40 recommendations included in the FCO sponsored lawyers' report of 2012 has been implemented.