More than 12,000 Palestinian children have been detained by the Israeli army since the year 2000 [File: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA]
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred at least 33 Palestinian child detainees on Monday from Ofer prison to Damoun without the presence of adult representatives, a move slammed by Palestinian activists and civil organisations.
In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) warned it undermines the responsibility to provide caretaker rights for minors.
“This move puts the minors at risk of abusive measures by the IPS in the absence of their adult overseers,” PPS said.
Amina al-Tawil, a researcher at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies, said the transfer is in violation of the law that states prisoners under the age of 18