Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Closed trial at Ofer

The high-profile trial of Ahed Tamimi, a teenage Palestinian protester, has been closed to everyone but her family, despite her attorney's and her family's preference that it be open to the public. Details here, from the Washington Post.

Principle No. 7 of the 2006 UN Draft Principles Governing the Administration of Justice Through Military Tribunals (the Decaux Principles) provides:
Jurisdiction of military tribunals to try minors under the age of 18

Strict respect for the guarantees provided in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (Beijing Rules) should govern the prosecution and punishment of minors, who fall within the category of vulnerable persons. In no case, therefore, should minors be placed under the jurisdiction of military courts. (Footnote omitted.)

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