Join our event: Childhood in captivity – Palestinian children arbitrarily detained in Israeli prisons

Join our event: Childhood in captivity – Palestinian children arbitrarily detained in Israeli prisons


This side event to the 53rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, will take place on the 12th of July, from 13:00 to 14:00, at Palais des Nations – Room XXVII.


Each year the Israeli military detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in Israeli military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial. From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children often encounter ill-treatment and torture at the hands of Israeli forces. Despite the fact that international norms reaffirm that civilians, especially children, generally should not be brought before military courts, Israel persists in being the only country in the world to automatically and systematically prosecute children in military courts.


The deprivation of liberty experienced by Palestinian children in the Israeli military justice system is arbitrary by default primarily because Israeli authorities systematically disregard and deny fundamental protections and guarantees concerning the right to a fair trial to the extent that nearly any deprivation of liberty as part of the military court system is of an arbitrary character. Therefore, Palestinian children held in administrative detention and their attorneys have no legal means of challenging the detention and the alleged basis for it.



  • Alex Kamarotos, Executive Director of Defence for Children International

Discussion Panel:

  • Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
  • Miloon Kothari, Commissioner of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel
  • Khaled Quzmar, President of the DCI Movement & Director General of DCI-Palestine
  • Budour Hassan, Researcher, Amnesty International


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