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Two boys, two laws: The discriminatory application of law in the West Bank

[September 2013] - MCW has submitted a report highlighting how two legal systems are applied in the West Bank depending on race or national identity. The legal foundation for the report is based on the principle that no state is permitted to discriminate between those over whom it exercises penal jurisdiction based on race.

The UNICEF Report: six months on

[September 2013] - In February 2013, UNICEF published a report on the treatment of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts. The report - Children in Israeli Military Detention - concluded that: "The ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalised".

Is the UK Government avoiding its responsibilities regarding G4S?

[September 2013] - On 17 July, a parliamentary question was tabled in the UK asking the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the role of G4S in the Israeli prison system. On 3 September 2013, the Secretary of State responded that the FCO did not receive any reports.

A call for an end to the double interrogation

[August 2013] - A military court judge recently handed down a verdict in the case of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy accused of throwing stones in the West Bank. In the course of the hearing, evidence emerged that during the police investigation a number of boys were threatened with physical violence unless they implicated the accused.

New York Times article hints at equal rights

[August 2013] - The New York Times recently published an article about stone-throwing Palestinian boys from Beit Ummar, a Palestinian village in the West Bank near Bethlehem ("In the West Bank Culture of Conflict, Boys Wield the Weapon at Hand" (4 August 2013)).


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