Wednesday, 11 April
Celbridge Manor Hotel
Palestinian Child Prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s Prisons. 700 children detained and prosecuted every year. ‘Institutional’ torture. Forced confessions. ‘Systematic’ human rights rights violations.
Wednesday 11th April 2018 – 7.30pm, Celbridge Manor Hotel
SPEAKERS: Nery Ramati – Human Rights Lawyer from Israel; Fatin Al Tamimi – Chairperson, Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Every year, hundreds of Palestinian minors undergo the same scenario. Israeli security forces pick them up on the street or at home in the middle of the night, then handcuff and blindfold them and transport them to interrogation, often subjecting them to violence en route. Exhausted and scared – some having spent a long time in transit, some having been roused from sleep, some having had nothing to eat or drink for hours – the minors are then interrogated. Completely alone, cut off from the world, without a lawyer or other guardian present they are interrogated in manner that often involves threats, verbal abuse and physical violence. Its sole purpose is to get the minors to ‘confess’ or provide ‘information’ about others.
They are then taken to the military court for a remand hearing. In the vast majority of cases, the military judges approve remand, even when the only evidence against the minors is their own confession. These military courts, which are only used to try Palestinians, have a 99.7% conviction rate and have been repeatedly criticised by human rights groups as failing to meet international standards for a fair trial. The facts and figures all demonstrate that the righst of Palestinian minors’ are being regularly and systematically violated by Apartheid Israel.
About the Speakers
Nery Ramati is an attorney and partner in Gaby Lasky and Partners Law Office, a leading human rights office in Israel, specializing in freedom of expression and protest, and Ahed Tamimi’s lawyers.
He has been representing Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights and anti-occupation activists in Israel’s military (Occupied Palestinian Territories) and civil (State of Israel) courts for almost a decade. Mr. Ramati has been representing leading human rights defenders and activists from the Palestinian villages of the popular struggle movement, such as Bi’ilin, Nabi Saleh, Beit Ummar, Qadom and others. One of his most important achievements is raising the awareness worldwide on the issues of the ill-treatment of the Palestinian minors (children) in the military court system.
Fatin Al Tamimi is chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. A diaspora Palestinian with Jordanian-Irish citizenship, Ms. Tamimi has been living and raising her family in Ireland for 30 years. Her family originally hails from Gaza and Hebron in Palestine, and she still has close relatives living in both areas. She has been involved for many years in Palestine solidarity work in Ireland, and in 2016 she was elected to the position of Chairperson of the IPSC, the first Palestinian to hold the position. She is also active in anti-racist, anti-war and women’s groups in Ireland, and has spoken at many events.
Organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Celbridge