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92 Australian MPs urge UNICEF to fulfil its reporting commitments on child detention

[21 January 2019] - 92 Australian Federal and State politicians have recently written to UNICEF's Special Representative in Jerusalem urging the UN agency not to abandon an earlier commitment to publish periodic updates to its 2013 report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - the Report found widespread abuse.

The EU responds to the question of the forcible transfer of children

[1 November 2018] - In 2015 and 2018, MCW wrote to the Embassy of the European Union in Tel Aviv concerning Israel's policy of transferring Palestinian child detainees from the West Bank to prisons located inside Israel. In September 2018 the Embassy responded stating that the issue "is regularly addressed".

The Netherlands responds to the unlawful transfer and detention question

[26 September 2018] - On 7 December 2015, Military Court Watch (MCW) wrote to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tel Aviv concerning the legal obligations imposed on the Netherlands. In August 2018 the Embassy responded stating that it has raised concerns on a number of occasions.

UN Secretary General extensively reduces focus on children in military detention

[29 June 2018] - On 27 June 2018, the UN released the Annual Report of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in New York. This year the Report devoted just 129 words to the issue of Palestinian children in military detention compared with 474 words in 2013 - a reduction of 73 percent.

UK lawyers' report: 6 years on

[26 June 2018] - This month marks 6 years since a delegation of UK lawyers reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law and published their findings and recommendations. During the intervening period just 1 of the Report's 40 recommendations has been substantially implemented.

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