Palestinian children need improved protection in Israeli military detention: UNICEFListen /
The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) is proposing measures to improve the protection of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.
The agency on Wednesday unveiled a briefing paper titled: "Children in Israeli military detention: observations and recommendations".
It outlines measures that could be adopted so that the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody is in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards.
The paper says that based on an analysis of the legal framework and testimonies from children, there appears to be a pattern of ill-treatment during the arrest, transfer and interrogation of child detainees.
Its recommendations include the prohibition of blindfolding and solitary confinement for children.
The paper also recommends that, except in extreme circumstances, children should not be arrested at night and a lawyer or family member should be present during interrogation of child suspects.
UNICEF welcomes some improvement in the treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military system over the past years, which include raising the age when Palestinian can reach adulthood from 16 to 18 years.
The agency says it will continue its engagement with Israeli military authorities to improve the safeguards that promote the rights and well-being of Palestinian children in military custody.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.