[Pnews] Palestinian child prisoner population doubles over last three years

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Thu Jan 18 10:54:27 EST 2018


  Palestinian child prisoner population doubles over last three years


January 18, 2018

Yesterday morning, in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, four 
children were taken from their homes in pre-dawn raids. Only one of them 
was over the age of 15. The international press or civil attention was 
non-existent.  Such events and arrests have become increasingly common 
since October 2015, with ebbs and flows in the number of arrested 
depending on the current events. Last month alone, following Trump’s 
announcement, the Israeli occupation forces detained around 450 
children. It is safe to say that the trend in child arrests is 
distinctly upwards.

The figures of imprisoned children speak for themselves. In December 
2014, there were 156 child prisoners. At the end of 2015, this figure 
had grown by over 300% to 470. As of December 2017, the figure stood at 
350. As such, over the preceding three years, we have seen an effective 
doubling of the child prisoner figure.

The remarkable thing about this increase is that it hasn’t come as part 
of a corresponding increase in the general prisoner population. For 
December 2014, there was a total of 6200 prisoners being held in Israeli 
prisons. At the end of 2015, this figure was 6800, representing an 
increase of far less than 1% of the total prison population. For 
December 2017, the total prison population was less than that of 2014, 
at 6171.

What should be visible from this brief analysis of the figures is that 
we have actually seen a decrease in the overall prison population, but 
seen a vast increase in the number of children being held.

So, while the focus on Ahed Tamimi is important and her commitment is 
something that we should all admire, it is essential that there is focus 
on the situation for all children in the occupied Palestinian territory. 
Ahed Tamimi’s case, and her treatment, is not exceptional; it is, 
unfortunately, the norm.

Addameer calls on the occupying power to abide by its obligations under 
the fourth Geneva Convention in regard to the special attention that 
must be given to meeting the needs of children amongst the protected 
population. Additionally, we urge the occupying power to meet its 
international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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