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Israel: Palestinians

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6222, tabled on 21 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Israel about the treatment of Palestinian child prisoners; and what assessment they have made of whether that treatment has improved during the last year.

Answered on

3 April 2017

The Minister for the Middle East and Africa raised this issue with the Israeli Ambassador to London on 1 March. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv also regularly raised this issue with the Israeli authorities, most recently on 9 March 2017. We welcomed progress made in recent Israeli policy amendments.

However, the UK continues to have strong concerns about continued reports of ill-treatment of Palestinian minors. Embassy officials meet with the Israeli authorities on a regular basis to advocate for the end of night-time arrests and summons, consistent access to lawyers and parents for all minors, and implementation of other protection measures.