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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian child prisoners were relocated to a prison in Israel without the presence of adult representatives on 13 January, in contravention of international law.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We remain concerned by the continued transfer of Palestinian child and adult detainees to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. We continue to make representations to the Israeli authorities outlining our concerns around Israel's treatment of Palestinian children in detention. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv did so most recently on 16 December 2019. We remain committed to working with Israel to secure improvements to the practices surrounding children in detention. We welcome the recent reduction in the number of detainees aged 12 to 14 years old and the establishment of separate juvenile courts.

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