In a 2013 report on Israel's treatment of Palestinian children, UNICEF states, "in no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by de nition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights. All children prosecuted for offences they allegedly committed should be treated in accordance with international juvenile justice standards, which provide them with special protection. Most of these protections are enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child."
UNICEF's conclusion: "the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child's prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing."
Amnesty International's petition states:
Help us put global pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Call on him to:
" Release, without any delay, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, who could face up to 10 years in prison.
" Ensure that Palestinian children are not subjected to detention or imprisonment except in cases where it is demonstrably necessary and proportionate as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.
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Amnesty International's petition can be signed here.