Israel: Palestinians:Written question - HL3640

Asked on: 27 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the detention of a nine year old boy during raids in the occupied West Bank in November.
Answered on: 11 December 2017

While we have not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities, the UK continues to have strong concerns about continued reports of ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention, notably the use of painful restraints and insufficient notification of legal rights. Our Ambassador to Israel raised concerns with Israeli Attorney-General Mandelblit on 3 October, and the Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt also raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel in August 2017.

We will continue regularly to raise this issue with the Israeli authorities, and to press them to secure necessary improvements to the practices surrounding the military detention of minors. We will also continue to work closely with our European partners in country.

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