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Illegal Detention Of Palestinian Children

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Published on Mar 22, 2010

The Occupied Palestinian Territory has been held by Israel under military occupation since June 1967. Under international law the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the Palestinian civilian population who hold protected persons status. Israel ratified the Fourth Geneva Convention in 1951. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states as follows:

Protected persons accused of offences shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein

According to information obtained from the Israeli Prison Service, there are currently six Israeli prisons used to detain Palestinian children (12 - 17 year olds)*. All but one of these prisons (Ofer Prison) is inside Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Convention. According to figures compiled by DCI-Palestine and the Israeli Prison Service, there are currently 343 Palestinian children in Israeli detention facilities, of which 194 are being detained illegally inside Israel. There are a number of practical consequences of detaining Palestinian children illegally inside Israel, including:

* Making it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for family members to visit their children due to freedom of movement restrictions; and

* Making it difficult for the childrens lawyers, including lawyers from DCI-Palestine, to visit their clients and provide legal assistance.

Recommended action

Please send Urgent Appeals urging:

1. An immediate end to the practice of detaining Palestinian children inside Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

2. Ensuring that all Palestinian child detainees are held in separate facilities from adults and in conditions that meet international standards.

3. Ensure that all Palestinian child detainees held in Israeli detention facilities receive at least one family visit per week.

Appeals to:

* Your elected representatives
* The Israeli embassy in your country [see list of Israeli diplomatic missions worldwide]

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