Target: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Goal: End torture of Palestinian children by changing legal definition to include “public caging” and threats and acts of sexual violence.
In Israel, Palestinian children are regularly detained and imprisoned for minor charges such as throwing stones. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) claims that children were convicted by military tribunals without representation and were subjected to physically and psychologically damaging acts while imprisoned in one of several detention facilities. These practices are torture and are a violation of these detained children rights to a fair trial and to be free from torture.
The Public Defender’s Office (PDO) in Israel reported inhumane acts against detained Palestinian children. The report details that children were led outside at midnight and put in iron cages. They were then held there for months.
In addition, PCATI has alleged that children were victims of acts and threats of sexual violence as well as physical violence during arrest, interrogation or transfer.
These acts plainly impact the psychological and social functioning of these children and are, therefore, simply torture. However, the legal definition for “acts of abuse” in Israel is very narrow. Though prominent Israeli politicians, such as Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, have called for an end to these deplorable practices, the legal definition must be broadened to eliminate the torture of Palestinian children.
Sign the following petition to urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to support reform of the legal definition and to demand an end to these human rights violations.
Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
The Public Defender’s Office has reported that Palestinian children arrested for minor crimes, such as throwing stones, are receiving inhumane punishment that amounts to torture in their detention facilities. The practice of “public caging” and threats and acts of sexual violence harm a child’s social and psychological functioning and, thus, are definitively torture. In addition, trying children in military tribunals without representation is an unfair practice.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects human beings’ rights to be free from torture and to have a fair trial. Therefore, your government must take action to stop these acts.
Though Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has called for a stop to public caging, the current legal definition of ‘acts of abuse’ in Israel must be reformed to stop torture of Palestinian children. I urge you to propose and support reform of the definition to include “public caging” and sexual violence and to support ending the use of military tribunals for children.
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