Israeli authorities extend Palestinian teen’s detention without charge


Defense for Children International – Palestine, 17.02.2022

Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention of a Palestinian teenager for an additional four-month period on Sunday adding to more than 300 days of imprisonment without charge or trial.

An Israeli military court judge approved a four-month administrative detention order on February 13 that was issued by Israeli military officials against 18-year-old Mohammad Ghassan Ahmad Mansour, according to information gathered by Defense for Children International – Palestine. This latest order is set to expire on June 6, 2022, and is the third consecutive administrative detention order issued by Israeli authorities against Mansour. He is currently detained in Israel’s Megiddo prison located in northern Israel north of the occupied West Bank.

“Israeli authorities must file charges against Palestinian children or release them,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP. “Administrative detention must never be used to detain children and amounts to a clear violation of fundamental due process rights. Israeli authorities must immediately end the arbitrary detention of Palestinian administrative detainees.”

Israeli forces detained Mansour, then 17, during a night raid on his home in Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank on April 9, 2021. He was detained for 15 days at Israel’s Huwwara detention center in the northern occupied West Bank in conditions that Mohammad and other children have described as inhuman…

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