Children in Military Custody assesses the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, examining each stage in the process: arrest, interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.
The report deals with a comparative analysis of Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children. The central questions addressed are: what are the differences between the two systems and is there any justification for these differences.
- It assesses the applicability of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- It discusses compliance with international standards.
- It highlights the differences between Israeli domestic law, applied to Israeli children and Israeli military law, applied to Palestinian children in the West Bank.
- Recommendations are made on ways to address the inequalities between the two legal systems and areas for further development are suggested.