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Parliamentary questions
10 May 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Liam Aylward (ALDE)

 Subject: The imprisonment of children

It is estimated that up to 7 500 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, have been held, questioned and imprisoned under Israeli military law during the last 11 years.

The non-governmental organisation Defence for Children has gathered sworn testimonies from 311 children in military custody in Israel. According to a published report on those testimonies, most children are arrested in the middle of the night and reports say that the army frequently organises terrifying raids for that purpose. Usually the children’s hands are tied behind their backs and they are blindfolded before being brought to an unknown location for questioning. Verbal abuse and, humiliation, threats and physicsal violence are frequent features of arrests and transfers.

What is the Commission’s position on the current humanitarian emergency in Israel and what will the Commission do to tackle the mistreatment of children in such cases?

What is the response of the Commission to the possibility that Israel may be violating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) by keeping children in adult prisons?

Does the Commission intend to use all instruments at its disposal to ensure that the Israeli government observes in full the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment?

Original language of question: GAOJ C 193 E, 04/07/2013
Last updated: 5 June 2012Legal notice