DCI submits complaint on behalf of child detainee 29May12 May 29, 2012

Defence for Children International – Palestine Section  -  28 May 2012

On 17 May 2012, DCI submitted a complaint to the Israeli authorities on behalf of 16-year-old Sadem D. The complaint requests that an investigation be opened into allegations that Sadem was mistreated by soldiers after he was arrested on 16 March 2012.

Sadem was grazing the family’s sheep with two other boys near the village of Fasayil, in the Jordan Valley. Sadem reports that one of the other boys threw a stone at some sheep that had strayed near a road just as a settler car passed by. The boys say the stone did not land near the car but the settler thought they were throwing stones at him. The armed settler got out of his car and ordered the boys to approach. A short time later several army jeeps arrived. Sadem’s hands were tied behind his back and he was blindfolded. He was then placed on the metal floor of one of the jeeps for transfer. Sadem reports that he was verbally abused and beaten in the back of the jeep. The boys were taken to a nearby checkpoint where they were left outside in the rain for about one hour. Later that day they were transferred to Ari’el settlement for interrogation and were later transferred to Megiddo prison, inside Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Sadem reports that he remained tied for approximately 19 hours.

Sadem’s full story is available online.

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