Detention of Palestinian Children (West Bank)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Sandra Osborne Sandra Osborne Labour, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock 11:00 am, 7th December 2010

I certainly hope not. I could not agree more with my right hon. Friend.

Will the Minister confirm that the Government accept that such treatment is a serious breach of the fourth Geneva convention, and that the Government should implore Israel to abide by its treaty obligations? Will he raise those issues personally with the Israeli Prime Minister on behalf of the UK Government? Has he made any effort to view the military courts? I know that he will visit the west bank shortly; will he consider seeing the situation for himself?

DCI has made the following recommendations based on its detailed research into the legal issues. The Israeli authorities should:

"Ensure that no child is interrogated in the absence of a lawyer of their choice and family member;

Ensure that all interrogations of children are video recorded;

Ensure that all evidence suspected of being obtained through ill-treatment or torture be rejected by the military courts;

Ensure that all credible allegations of ill-treatment and torture be thoroughly and impartially investigated".

Those found responsible for such abuse should be brought to justice. Furthermore:

"No Palestinian child should be detained inside Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention".

Thank you, Mr Howarth, for the opportunity to have this debate. I hope that the Minister will take this serious matter on board.