“Today, 17 April, is Palestinian Prisoners' Day. This for me is a day to think about the child prisoners – taken in the middle of the night; shackled, interrogated; without the support of parents or lawyers, and given no access to real justice, with a conviction rate of over 99%.
G4S – a British Danish company – is responsible for much of the security apparatus at the facilities where these children are held. Yet, despite this, G4S continues to be awarded public contracts in the UK.
Palestinian Prisoners' Day should be when the government announces that it is providing guidance for companies like G4S on the need to avoid association with violations of international law and will ensure government contracts are no longer awarded to companies that ignore this guidance. Until they do, we should remind them of the plight of Palestinian child prisoners every day.