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Detention Bulletin

February 2012
DETENTION FIGURES 187 children detained ( 10%) 24 aged 12-15 ( 8%) 0 children in Admin. Detention 0 girls in detention RECENT DEVELOPMENTS New DCI report - Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention The Independent military accused mistreating children Israeli of

February 2012 Overview


This month saw a 10 percent increase in the number of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts and imprisoned. This is the second consecutive month in which a rise in the number of children in detention has been recorded. There has been a 39 percent increase in the number of children held in military detention since December 2011. On 21 February, DCI documented two cases where children from Beit Ummar village, between Bethlehem and Hebron, were arrested in the middle of the night and used as human shields by Israeli soldiers (see page 3). The use of civilians as human shields is prohibited under international and Israeli law. On 20 March 2012, DCI released a new report on children in detention Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention. The report is the culmination of four years work during which time DCI collected 311 testimonies from children held in Israeli military detention. The report found that when the totality of the evidence is considered, a pattern of systematic ill-treatment emerges, much of which amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as defined in the UN Convention against Torture, and in some cases, torture both of which are absolutely prohibited. The report also found that there is a general absence of effective complaint mechanisms available to the Palestinian civilian population.

El Pas Una ONG denuncia abusos contra nios palestinos en crceles israeles The New York Times Palestinians Trial Shines Light on Military Justice Al Jalame 100 professionals speak out against the use of solitary confinement on children

CONTENTS
12 to 15 year olds Girls in detention Administrative detention Recent case summaries Other developments Recommendations
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500 400 300 200 100 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention: Jan 2008 Feb 2012


DCI-Palestine Detention Bulletin, Issue 26 February 2012

February 2012 IN FIGURES

Each year approximately 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is for throwing stones. The overwhelming majority of these children are detained inside Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Total number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention at the end of each month since Jan 2009 - Note: These figures are not cumulative
Jan 2009 2010 2011 2012 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.

Total
According to the latest figures compiled by DCI-Palestine from sources including the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and Israeli army temporary detention facilities, there were 187 Palestinian children (12-17 years) in Israeli detention at the end of February 2012. This represents an increase of 17children (10%) from the previous month.

389 318 222 170

423 343 221 187

420 342 226 -

391 335 220 -

346 305 211 -

355 291 209 -

342 284 202 -

339 286 180 -

326 269 164 -

325 256 150 -

306 228 161 -

305 213 135 -

355 289 192 179

12-15 year olds


In February there was a decrease in the number of young children (1215 years) being prosecuted in Israeli military courts and receiving custodial sentences in prisons inside Israel. As at the end of February, there were 24 young children in detention, a decrease of two children (8%) from the previous month.

Number of young (12-15) Palestinians in Israeli detention at the end of each month since January 2009 - Note: These figures are not cumulative
Jan 2009 2010 2011 2012 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.

50 44 34 26

54 41 45 24

53 39 45 -

47 32 37 -

39 25 38 -

47 23 38 -

42 18 40 -

39 20 34 -

40 32 35 -

44 34 30 -

41 32 33 -

42 30 19 -

44 31 36 25

Girls in detention
There are currently no Palestinian girls being held in Israeli detention facilities.

Number of Palestinian girls in Israeli detention at the end of each month since January 2009 - Note: These figures are not cumulative
Jan 2009 2010 2011 2012 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.

5 0 1 0

7 0 0 0

6 0 0 -

6 1 0 -

6 0 0 -

5 0 0 -

4 0 0 -

3 0 0 -

3 0 0 -

0 0 0 -

0 1 0 -

0 1 1 -

3.8 0.3 0.2 0

Administrative detention
There are currently no Palestinian children being held without charge or trial in Israeli administrative detention.

Number of Palestinian children held in Israeli administrative detention at the end of each month since January 2009 - Note: These figures are not cumulative
Jan 2009 2010 2011 2012 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Aver.

5 0 1 0

6 0 0 0

2 2 0 -

2 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

1 2 0 -

0 1 1 -

1.8 1.6 0.2 0

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DCI-Palestine Detention Bulletin, Issue 26 February 2012

Urgent Appeals
UA 1/12 Solitary confinement UA 6/11 Children of BeitUmmar UA 4/11 Children of Azzun UA 3/11 Settler violence UA 2/11 Children of Silwan UA 4/10 Children of the Gravel

Voices from the Occupation


Name: Date of arrest: Age: Location: Accusation: Mohammad H. 21 February 2012 15 Beit Ummar, occupied West Bank Throwing stones

Voices from the Occupation


Voices 15-year-old Beit Ummar Voices Solitary confinement Voices 16-year-old Beit Ummar Voices 17-year-old from Haris Voices 15-year-old from Azzun Voices 16-year-old Beit Ummar Voices Solitary confinement Voices East Jerusalem Voices Solitary confinement Voices Solitary confinement Voices 13-year-old from Azzun Voices 15-year-old from Azzun Voices 16-year-old from Azzun Voices Use of dogs More

On 21 February 2012, a 15-year-old boy from Beit Ummar is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:30 am and used as a human shield before being detained for two days. At around 2:30 am, my fourteen-year-old brother woke me up and told me Israeli soldiers were at the door, recalls Mohammad. The army officer told Mohammads father that they wanted to arrest his son. But hes just a child, my father replied, but the officer said: hes under arrest. Mohammad was allowed to put on some warm clothes before he was led outside and his hands were tied behind his back with a single plastic tie. Mohammad was then placed in the back of a military vehicle with another child from the village. A short time later, people from the village started throwing stones at the military vehicle. One of the soldiers grabbed me by the jacket and pulled me out, recalls Mohammad, who says the other boy was also pulled out of the vehicle. They made us face the direction from which the stones were being thrown []. Two soldiers grabbed me by both arms and kept pushing me forward so they could take cover from the stones. They did the same with the other boy. Mohammad recalls that the soldiers started firing tear gas and shouting at the people throwing stones. This continued for several minutes, during which time two stones hit me on the left knee []. Mentally speaking, I was very worried and scared of the possibility of being hit my stones in the face or head, says Mohammad. Mohammad and the other boy were then put back in the military vehicle and made to sit on the metal floor for the journey to the nearby settlement of Karmi Zur. On arrival at the settlement, Mohammad was also blindfolded. Shortly after arriving at Karmi Zur, the boys were transferred to Etzion settlement. Mohammad reports that he was beaten during the second leg of the journey. Some of the punches hurt so much and the soldier punching me kept insulting me: son of a whore, and other things in Hebrew I could not understand. On arrival at Etzion, Mohammad was made to sit on the ground for about 10 minutes before he was taken to a clinic and asked some medical questions by a doctor. A short time later he was taken for interrogation. Prior to interrogation, Mohammad was not informed of his rights and did not speak to a lawyer. Neither of his parents were present. The interrogator accused him of throwing stones at Israeli military vehicles, which he denied. At one point during the interrogation Mohammad says he was slapped and knocked down, but he continued to deny the accusations. At the end of the interrogation, the interrogator printed out some papers written in Hebrew and ordered Mohammad to sign them, but he refused. After that the interrogator told Mohammad be could call his parents and tell them they could hire a lawyer. Mohammad was interrogated alone several more times, but continued to maintain his innocence. After one interrogation session he was made to stand against a wall with his hands tied in the air for about one hour during which time I felt much pain and cold, says Mohammad. Later on that day Mohammad was transferred to Ofer prison, near Ramallah, where he was strip searched on arrival. He remained at Ofer prison for several days before being released on bail by a military court. The authorities released Mohammad near the prison gates without informing his parents, and he had to make his own way back to his village.

Case summaries
Lawyers and fieldworkers for DCIPalestine collect sworn affidavits from Palestinian children in prison and upon their release. These affidavits are taken in Arabic and further reviewed by trained staff to determine appropriate follow up action. Each year, around 100 of these affidavits are translated into English from which these brief case summaries are produced. Additional case summaries are available upon request.

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New DCI report on children held in military detention On 20 March 2012, DCI-Palestine released a new report Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention. The report is the culmination of four years work by DCI-Palestine, with the support of the European Union, focusing on verifying reports of ill-treatment and torture of children held in military detention. The findings of the report are based on 311 testimonies taken from children between January 2008 and January 2012. The report found that there is a systematic pattern of ill-treatment, and in some cases torture, of children held in the military detention system, with the majority of the abuse occurring during the first 48 hours. The key findings of the report are presented in the table below. # 1 2 3
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Common complaints and areas of concern Hand ties Blindfolds Physical violence Detention inside Israel Arrested between midnight and 5:00 am Confession during interrogation Threats Verbal abuse and/or humiliation Strip searched Transferred on floor of vehicle Signed/shown documents in Hebrew Solitary confinement

Number of cases 296 281 234 196 188 180 178 169 102 98 91 38

Percentage of children 95% 90% 75% 63% 60% 58% 57% 54% 33% 32% 29% 12%

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For information on Palestinian Child Prisoners read: Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children held in military detention

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Recent reports
DCI: Voices from East Jerusalem BTselem: No Minor Matter No Legal Frontiers: All Guilty! Yesh Din: Alleged Investigation ACRI Minor A An Nabi Saleh UN Special Rapporteur

Recommendations
No child should be prosecuted in military courts which lack comprehensive fair trial and juvenile justice standards. DCI-Palestine recommends that as a minimum safeguard in the light of consistent reports of ill-treatment and torture, the following: 1. Ensure that no child is interrogated in the absence of a lawyer of their choice and family member; 2. 3. Ensure that all interrogations of children are audio-visually recorded; Ensure that all evidence suspected of being obtained through ill-treatment or torture be rejected by the military courts;

4. Ensure that all credible allegations of ill-treatment and torture be thoroughly and
impartially investigated and those found responsible for such abuse be brought to For more information and to subscribe to this bulletin, please visit www.dci-palestine.org
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DCI-Palestine Detention Bulletin, Issue 26 February 2012