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Detention Bulletin - Issue 51 - March 2014

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A Palestinian youth is detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during 2013.

At the end of March, a total of 202 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system, a decrease of 12 percent over February.

The number of young children detained between the ages of 12 and 15 was 24, a decrease of 33 percent from February.

In March, DCI-Palestine highlighted the case of Ali Shamlawi, a Palestinian teenager who confessed to throwing stones after he was tortured in Israeli custody. He has been in detention for over a year and neither his lawyer, nor his family know when a verdict will be reached. He faces attempted murder charges and a severe prison sentence.

The United Nations Human Rights Council held its 2014 annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child on March 13 with the theme of access to justice for children. During the discussion, several references were made to the widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. For a summary of the discussion, click here.

March 2014 Detention Figures

202 children detained 24 children between 12-15 yrs 51% held inside Israel 0 girls detained 0 held in administrative detention