OPT Detention Bulletin - Issue 36 - December 2012

Situation Report
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2012 Year in review

The month of December saw a 9.6 percent increase in the number of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts and imprisoned. This month saw a 9.5 percent increase in the number of young children (12-15 years) detained.

The monthly average of children held in military detention increased from 192 in 2011 to 198 in 2012.
In 2012, around 600 Palestinian children were arrested by the Israeli military. DCIPalestine dealt with 144 total cases involving children arrested in 2012. Of these cases, DCI transferred a total of 22 cases to other lawyers. Out of the remaining 122 children that DCI represented before the military courts, 89 children (73 percent) where charged and 33 children (27 percent) were not prosecuted in the military court system. Of the 89 children who were charged, 87 children (98 percent) were convicted including 17 children (19 percent) released on bail. Only 2 children (2.2 percent) that faced charges were acquitted.

A new military order was issued during 2012 that reduced the time within which children detained by the Israeli military must be brought before a military court judge following an arrest. Military Order 1685 requires that children be brought before a judge within four days, rather than eight days as was previously required. However, the Israeli military continues to violate Palestinian child prisoners’ rights despite this and other changes to the Israeli military court, including Military Order 1676, which increased the age of majority from 16 to 18 years old.

There has been no change in the way Palestinian child prisoners are treated during the various phases of arrest, pretrial detention, interrogation and imprisonment. Physical and verbal abuse, solitary confinement, illtreatment, threats, strip searches and detention inside Israel in violation of Article 76 continued to be used by the Israeli authorities and perpetrators have not been held accountable for the violations they commit.