[30 October 2014] - Israeli Military Order 1745 came into effect on 10 September 2014 and provides for the audio-visual recording of police interrogations of minors in “non-security” related offences in the West Bank. The order also stipulates that the interrogations should be conducted and documented in the language of the accused, which in virtually every case, is Arabic. This follows calls for the audio-visual recording of all interrogations of minors in the military court system by, inter alia, the UN Committee against Torture (2009), UN Human Rights Committee (2010), UK lawyers (2012), UNICEF (2013) and the UK Government (2013).
- The overwhelming majority of cases involving the prosecution of Palestinian minors in the military courts are defined as “security offences” by the Israeli military authorities to which the new order does not apply.
- There is no provision in the new order requiring that the audio-visual tapes of interrogations be provided to defence counsel prior to the first hearing in every case in accordance with a recommendation included in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded report: Children in Military Custody (2012).