Palestinians: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of the recommendations of the report published in March 2012 and funded by his Department on Palestinian children in military custody have been carried out.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Since the publication of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded independent report on Children in Military Custody in June 2012, there has been some progress on the issue of children held in military detention. This includes a pilot to use summons instead of night-time arrests, changes to standard operating procedures on methods of restraint, and steps to reduce the amount of time a child can be detained before seeing a judge.

On 2 June, the Minister of State, my noble Friend, the right hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, met the Israeli Military Advocate General and the Israeli Ambassador to London. They discussed the issue of child detention. She made clear that, while we welcome the improvements to date, we continue to push for the full implementation of the changes recommended in the report.

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