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.
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.