Speaker: Victoria Brittain
According to Defence of Children International about 300 children between the aged 12-17 are held in detention by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and IDF temporary detention facilities.
Palestinian child prisoners are routinely:
. Shackled, blindfolded, beaten and arrested at night
. Humiliated, strip searched,threatened until they â€˜confessâ€™
. Held in Israel up to 90 days without access to a lawyer
. Judged in military courts and held in adult prisons
. Some are held in solitary confinement for months and threatened by dogs
Israel has been condemned by Israeli human rights organisations such as Bâ€™tselem and Breaking the Silence for its treatment of child prisoners. In July 2012 the UN Special Committee on Israeli Practices in Occupied Territories noted â€œthe proliferation of cases of detainment, mistreatment â€“ even torture â€“ of Palestinian children by Israeli authoritiesâ€.
In July 2012 the UK Foreign Office agreed that â€œimprisoning Palestinian children inside Israel violates international law â€œ
Victoria Brittain is a former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and a tireless campaigner for human rights throughout the developing world. She speaks and writes regularly to publicise the truth about Palestine.
17 Jan 2013 19:00 – 21:00
Friends Meeting House , 6 Mount Street, behind Central Library , Manchester