In late summer 2012, the European Union Parliament discussed the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody. In response, Catherine Ashton, the European Commission’s Vice President and High Representative for External Affairs, released a short statement on 12 September condemning Israeli treatment of detained Palestinian children. She expressed particular concern about the solitary confinement of children, their interrogation without a lawyer or parent present, their transfer from the West Bank to prisons inside Israel, and the denial of bail to them.
Ashton also labeled Israel’s recent decision to raise the age of majority for incarcerated Palestinian children a “welcome development.” She notes, however, that the change is not sufficient to prevent further violations of Palestinian children’s rights.
The full text of the statement is available here.