Child Arrested by Israeli Soldiers Defence for Children International (DCI) has issued an urgent appeal for the ending of solitary confinement of children in Israel DCI - Palestine is a branch of DCI, which is a global organisation promoting the rights of children and which was in the forefront of drafting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. An email received by this website says the following: Since 2008, DCI has now documented 38 cases in which children report being detained in solitary confinement, principally at the Al Jalame interrogation centre, near Haifa. On average, the children were held in isolation for 11 days. Many of these children report being held in a small cell, frequently referred to as “Cell No. 36” – the cell has no windows and a dim yellow light that is kept on for 24 hours per day. This appeal follows a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to the UN General Assembly in October 2011, in which he called for a complete ban on the use of solitary confinement for children. On 28 December 2011, DCI referred five cases of children held in solitary confinement to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Special Procedures’ Mandates requesting than an appeal be sent to the Israeli government seeking an end to the practice. Similar concerns have also been raised by B’Tselem and Hamoked in a report published in October 2010. The transfer of Palestinian child detainees out of the West Bank to Al Jalame interrogation centre is in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. To respond to the urgent appeal for an end to the practice of solitary confinement for children click this link: Urgent Appeal (UA 1/12)