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Coronavirus update

[23 March 2020] – On 5 March 2020, the Israeli military authorities in the West Bank announced new measures in response to the Corona Virus. These measures include: a reduction in the number of court hearings; court hearings via video link; and restrictions of family visits.

The UNICEF Report - 7 years on

[6 March 2020] - In 2013 UNICEF published findings following a review of the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention. UNICEF concluded that the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the system "appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised." MCW reviews developments 7-years on.

ICC update

[29 February 2020] – On 20 December 2019, the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded her 5-year preliminary examination into Palestine and announced that “there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have been or are being committed”.

Access to minors now restricted in the military courts

[19 January 2019] - Until recently public access to hearings in Israeli military courts in the West Bank was generally permitted upon application. The practice now appears to be the most hearings involving children are closed, even when this is against the wishes of the child's parents.

The case for forcible transfer of children at the ICC

[7 January 2020] – On 20 December 2019, the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded her 5-year preliminary examination into Palestine. If the court does have jurisdiction one case that is likely to come under investigation is the forcible transfer of children from the West Bank in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.


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