Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Some 700 Palestinian children (minors under 18) were arrested by Israeli soldiers over the course of the year, Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI) reported in its 2006 report, issued on 4 March 2007.
According to the report:
"Palestinian child political prisoners routinely face violations of their human rights during the arrest through imprisonment process. They are exposed to physical and psychological abuse, often amounting to torture. They are denied prompt access to an attorney and often denied contact with their families and the outside world. Many are held without charge or trial. They face substandard, often inhumane, conditions of detention, both in the facilities where they are initially held and interrogated and in those where they await trial and serve their sentence."