Here are all the speeches given in the Australian Federal Parliament in Nov 2016, calling for action on the mistreatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.
29 November, Cathy O’Toole MP (ALP, QLD)
Speech about Dima, who at 12yrs old is believed to have been the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails.
21 November, Maria Vamvakinou MP (ALP, VIC)
Moved a motion that raised concerns about the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.
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21 November, Ross Hart MP (ALP, TAS)
Children are interrogated; position abuse, threats and isolation are all used as tactics to garner a confession. Given that a child in solitary confinement is held on average for 13 days, is it any wonder that the confession rate is over 90 per cent? Military prosecutors rely on these coerced confessions, which are rarely thrown out by judges, to obtain a conviction. Indeed, Israeli military courts have a 99 per cent conviction rate for Palestinian defendants.
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21 November, 2016, Graham Perrett MP (ALP, QLD)
Children are being held without being charged or given a trial in military prisons. A Palestinian child as young as 12 can be imprisoned in Israel, and they often are. Just this year, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl spent 2½ months in an Israeli prison. By contrast, Israeli children in the same nation cannot be imprisoned until they are at least 14 years old.
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