Facts about the Interrogation of the Palestinian Minor

Facts about the Interrogation of the Palestinian Minor
 
 

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights commented on a number of facts about the violations committed by the Israeli authorities against Palestinian “minors” being detained and extracting confessions under pressure, in Israeli police stations

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights (Euro-Mid Observer) commented on a leaked video showing Israeli interrogators grabbing confessions from a Palestinian minor by imposing physical and psychological pressure on the minor. An official in the Euro-Mid observer stated that the Euro-mid observer collected and documented testimonies of a number of Palestinian minors, who have undergone cruel and inhumane methods of investigations after being arrested in the areas of West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Euro-Mid added that the investigations with the minors by the Israeli authorities come most often when the minors were arrested for participation in peaceful marches against the practices of the occupation and the separation wall, which was condemned by the International Court of Justice in Lahai in 2004.

Also, the Euro-Mid pointed that these arbitrary arrests violate Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile". In addition, this arrest is violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Article No. (37 / b), which states that "no child is deprived of his liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.., do not resort to his arrest or imprisonment, according to the law only as a last resort and for the shortest period of time."

In addition the Euro-Mid clarified in its announcement that arresting Palestinian children for participating in peaceful marches is a violation of the rights of children to express their opinions according to Articles 12 / 1 and 13 / 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In the same context, the Euro-Mid Observer documented a number of testimonies from Palestinian minors who have been tortured during interrogation, by employing methods of psychological pressure, scolding, deprivation of sleep, and the reluctance to call the lawyers, which are forms of "harm, abuse and violence". Such practices are considered as violation of the article ( 19 / 1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, thus those who are using such methods must be criminalized and prosecuted in the court of law.

On the other hand, it explained that the Article (37) of the Convention on the Right of the Child stated  that all parties shall ensure that "Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age …" Yet, it said that the need for sleep and comfort are from the basic needs of the child, which has been violated by the Israeli authorities in many cases and was clear in the leaked video.

The violations against Palestinian minors in Israeli interrogation centers exceed that mal treatment to include the deprivation of their right to further their education and their right to seek legal aid. The Israeli Authorities, in all cases, start the investigation procedures immediately after the arrest of the child, without waiting for the presence of a counselor.

As well as, it - Euro-Mid Observer - stated that these documented violations represent a model for other serious violations practiced by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian minors. Many human rights reports documented the arrest of 383 Palestinian minors during the year 2011.

The Euro-Mid Observer asserted that these illegal practices of interrogations of the Palestinian minors will be presented before international courts, which come in light with the declarations of the Israeli courts that 834 Palestinian minors out of 835 were sentenced, who have been brought before the Israeli courts between the years 2005-2010. Such actions reflect the state of systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian minors in order to extract confessions and so that these confessions become difficult to deny or cancel before the Israeli courts.

 
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