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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. In practice, the general policy to allow public access to hearings involving children has now changed, with most military judges excluding outside observers even in cases where parents have requested their presence. Although this development is framed in terms of the “best interests” of the child, this claim cannot be verified as the judges rarely provide adequate reasons for their decisions or attempt to ascertain the child’s best interests.

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.

ICC Prosecutor announces reasonable basis to investigate war crimes - jurisdiction to be determined by the Court

[21 December 2019] – On 20 December the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that the Prosecutor is satisfied that there is a basis to initiate an investigation into the situation in Palestine.

Forcible transfer of children continues 5-years after ICC initiates preliminary examination

[17 December 2019] – On 5 December 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities.

US policy shift undermines Israel's legal rationale for military courts in the West Bank

[22 November 2019] – The recent statement by the US Secretary of State that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law” by implication rejects the application of Geneva IV.

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