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Imprisoning Palestinian Children

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Military courts deny judicial fairness, including:


-- the right to counsel until forced confessions are extracted, commonly by torture, pressure, intimidation, and at times trickery;


-- the right to prepare a proper defense with enough time, in adequate facilities, in confidence, with court documents in Arabic;


-- under Military Order 378, detainees may be denied counsel for up to 90 days;


-- under a grossly unjust system, attorneys commonly seek plea bargains to avoid trials and harsher sentences;


-- defendants, including young children are presumed guilty, full acquittals gotten in just 0.29% of cases;


-- the right to examine witnesses is restricted; few full evidentiary cases are heard; according to Yesh Din (volunteers for human rights), of 9,123 cases in 2006, only 130 (1.42%) got full evidentiary trials because having them is futile and punishments far harsher when convicted;


-- unlike in civil courts for Jews, Palestinians have no right to trial without undue delay:


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