[Pnews] Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces abused to confess

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Thu Feb 12 11:34:59 EST 2015

  DCI Report: Palestinian Children Abused to Confess

author Wednesday February 11, 2015 - 

    Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West
    Bank, over 2014, fell victim to a pattern of abuse designed to
    coerce confessions, according to Defense for Children

DCI-Palestine stated, according to WAFA correspondence, that among the 
most troubling experiences were prolonged periods of solitary 
confinement, a correctional tactic primarily reserved for adult 
prisoners -- and, even then, only after they are convicted.

In 2014, the average time an individual child spent in solitary 
confinement for interrogation purposes was 15 days, according to DCIP 
research. In one case, Israeli authorities kept a child in isolation for 
26 days, total.

It said that between 2012 and 2014, Israeli military, police and 
security agents held 54 children in solitary confinement for 
interrogation purposes prior to charging them with any offense.

According to UNICEF, “There must be independent scrutiny of the methods 
of interrogation. This should include the presence of a lawyer and 
relative or legal guardian and audiovisual recording of all 
interrogations involving children.”

Data compiled by DCIP from 107 affidavits of Palestinian children, ages 
between 12 and 17, detained in 2014, showed the vast majority had to 
fend for themselves.

“Unlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right 
to be accompanied by a parent during an interrogation. In 93 percent of 
cases, children were deprived of legal counsel, and rarely informed of 
their rights, particularly their right against self-incrimination,” said 

DCIP research additionally revealed that children arrive at Israeli 
interrogation centers blindfolded, bound and sleep deprived, noting that 
more than three-quarters of child detainees endure some form of physical 
violence between the period of their arrest and interrogation, with half 
of them also strip searched.

reports state that detainee children should be restrained only if they 
“pose an imminent threat to themselves or to others, and all other means 
have been exhausted, or as a precaution against escape during transfer, 
but in all cases, only for as long as is strictly necessary.”

“Almost all children confess regardless of guilt to stop further abuse. 
In more than a quarter of the 2014 cases, children signed statements in 
Hebrew, a language they do not understand,” said DCIP.

Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP, said, “The 
Israeli military detention system subjects Palestinian children to 
several days of prolonged interrogation and isolation with the apparent 
goal of obtaining a confession at all costs.”

“The military courts admit these coerced confessions as evidence to 
convict these children in a complete mockery of due process and fair 
trial standards,” he added.

The report confirmed Israel as the only state to automatically and 
systematically prosecute children in military courts which lack basic 
standards of due process.

“Around 500 to 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are 
arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention 
system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are 
charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with 
the military court system.”

/Related: 3755 Children Kidnapped In Past Four Years, 1266 in 2014 Alone 

DCIP demands that Israeli authorities end night arrests, prohibit the 
use of solitary confinement, and ensure that evidence obtained by force 
or coercion during interrogations is excluded by the Israeli military 

The organization calls on the Israeli authorities to allow access to 
legal counsel prior to interrogations and the presence of a parent 
during those interrogations.

“Impunity for violations was a significant obstacle in 2014 as DCIP 
filed nine complaints with Israeli authorities concerning the 
ill-treatment and torture of five children while in Israeli military 
detention. Not a single indictment has been issued against a perpetrator.”

According to DCIP, many Palestinian families refuse to file complaints 
for fear of retaliation or, simply, because they do not believe the 
system is fair or impartial.

Recent amendments to Israeli military laws concerning children have had 
little to no impact on their treatment during the critical 24 to 48 
hours after an arrest, where most of the ill-treatment occurs at the 
hands of soldiers, policemen and interrogators concluded the 
international group.
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