Israel violates rights of Palestinian minors, report says

July 18, 2011 12:15

Israel routinely violates the rights of Palestinian minors arrested for stone-throwing in the West Bank and "does not conform to international and Israeli law, which acknowledge that the minor’s age affects his criminal responsibility and the manner in which he experiences arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment," a new report released by human rights organization B'Tselem on Monday charges.

According to the report, of the 835 Palestinian minors arrested for stone-throwing and tried in military courts in the West Bank between 2005 and 2010, only one was acquitted and the rest were found guilty.

In preparation of the report, B'Tselem interviewed 50 minors who described the events from the moment they were arrested to the time they were released from jail.

The minors reported various violations of their rights including, being separated from their parents during arrest, being treated violently during interrogation, being remanded to jail for long periods of time while legal proceedings took place and receiving prison sentences rather than an alternative punishment.

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