Palestinians: Children

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th October 2020.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (International Trade) (Brexit and EU Negotiations), Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (Brexit and EU Negotiations)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the reported continued prevalence of night time family home arrests of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We continue to call on the Israeli authorities to comply with their obligations under international law. We remain concerned about Israel's extensive use of administrative detention which, according to international law, should be used only when security makes this absolutely necessary rather than as routine practice and as a preventive rather than a punitive measure.

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