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Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Report: Palestinian children in Israeli detention abused, tortured

A report issued by Defense for Children International (DCI), called "Children Behind Bars", found that during 2006 and the first half of 2007, the vast majority of children apprehended by the Israeli forces were imprisoned. Only 3 to 5% of the juveniles abducted were granted bail pending trial.

DCI also noted that over 99% of the children tried pleaded guilty and the tiny minority that pleaded not guilty were eventually found guilty and sentenced.

The human rights organization drew on articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to highlight that accused individuals have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. More...