Complaint lodged against Israeli treatment of child prisoners
Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:54PM
British lawyers have filed a complaint at the U-N against Israel for allegedly torturing Palestinian children. Their report shows the Israeli military shackles the youngsters while in custody and others are held in solitary confinement.A complaint has been lodged by British lawyers about Israel’s treatment of child prisoners in the occupied Palestinian territories. One affected area is Nabi Saleh, where on a daily basis the prisoners face night raids, arrests and the children resort to sleeping in their clothes in fear of being arrested. The majority of children here have been illegally subjected to long periods of interrogation, torture and constant imprisonment, which included about 10 children under the age of 14 and 37 under 16. The paper they signed was without the presence of a lawyer or representative and it was later exposed that this was a confession which lead to their imprisonment. The West Bank village of Nabi Saleh lays adjacent to an illegal Israeli settlement, but the village has remained vehement in their weekly protests. Here they are met with punitive measure by the Israeli forces. Quite often the tear gas and rubber bullets are aimed directly at the children to deter and scare them, and during night raids they often use live ammunition. The long periods of solitary confinement that the children are subjected to is regarded as torture by the UN and is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The protesters and residents of Nabi Saleh demonstrated resistance and resilience as they forced their way through the heavily-armed Israeli soldiers and settlers to reach the spring for the first time in over one year.