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As part of its advocacy and lobbying efforts at the international level, Defence for Children International delivers a number of oral and/or written statements, especially before the United Nations Human Rights Council. These statements are targeted to raise issues of pressing concern before UN member states.

Statements

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

33rd session – September 2016:

  • Statement on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls EN
  • Statement: Towards a better integration of the gender perspective EN

  • Statement: Israel’s armed forces and the deteriorating situation of Palestinian children EN

 

32nd session – June 2016:

  • Statement on the human rights of children in migration situations EN | FR | ES
  • Joint statement on ending the Immigration Detention of Children, as part of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the Immigration Detention of Children EN
  • Statement on children’s rights and the World Drug Problem EN
  • Joint statement on the use of sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all EN (written) & EN (oral)
  • Joint statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone EN
  • DCI-Palestine on the grave violations of children’s rights committed by Isreali military forces EN
  • Joint statement as a response to the OHCHR report on “Practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practice and lessons learned” EN
  • Joint statement as a response to the conservative “protection of the family” resolution and discourse EN (oral) & EN (written)

31st session – March 2016:

  • Statement on the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty – Interactive Dialogue with the SRSG on Violence against Children EN
  • Statement on monitoring of child detention facilities – Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture EN
  • Statement on Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of children’s rights (Item 7) EN
  • Joint Statement on the 2030 Agenda and children’s rights: leave no child behind EN
  • Joint Statement on the Protection of the Family EN
  • Joint Statement on ICTs and child sexual exploitation EN
  • Joint Statement on Investment in Children EN
  • UPR outcomes Mauritania FR

30th session – September 2015:

  • Statement on arbitrary detention – Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Item 3) EN
  • Statement on the rights of indigenous girls (together with DCI-Colombia) EN
  • Statement on Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of children’s rights (on behalf of DCI-Palestine) EN
  • Joint statement on Investment in the rights of the child at the heart of good governance in the public service EN
  • Joint statement on Brazil and the minimum age of criminal responsibility EN

29th session – June 2015

  • Statement on girls’ right to eduaction – Working Group on Discrimination Against Women (Item 3) EN
  • Joint Statement on school-related gender based violence at the High Level Panel on Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl EN
  • Statement on the need for effective implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights of children deprived of liberty EN | FR | ES

28th session – March 2015

  • Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of childrens rights EN
  • Joint statement on UPR EN

27th session – September 2014

  • Joint statement on the protection of the family and its members EN

26th session – June 2014

  • Joint statement on the protection of the family EN | ES
  • Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens near Ramallah EN

25th session – March 2014

  • Consideration of the UPR Report of Israel EN

24th session – September 2013

  • Item 4 – Syria EN

23rd session – June 2013

  • Solitary confinement of Palestinian child detainees in Israel’s military court system EN
  • Item 4 – Syria EN

22nd session – March 2013

  • Joint statement on children in detention EN
  • Joint statement on post 2015 agenda EN
  • DEI Benin report FR
  • DCI Palestine on solitary confinement of Palestinian child detainees in Israel’s military court system EN

21st session – September 2012

  • DCI Palestine on the attacks on Palestinian fishermen by the Israeli authorities in Mediterranean Sea, Gaza EN
  • Contemporary forms of slavery FR
  • DNI Colombia on children in armed conflict EN | ES

20th session – June 2012

  • DCI Palestine on the prosecution and ill-treatment of children EN
  • Joint working group on violence against children EN

19th session – March 2012

  • Joint statement on violence against children EN
  • Statement on Juvenile justice EN
  • DCI Canada report to council EN
  • DCI Australia report to council EN
  • DNI Costa Rica report to council ES
  • DEI Sierra Leone report to council EN
  • DEI Benin report to council FR
  • DCI Palestine report to council EN

18th session – September 2011

  • Joint statement on children in armed conflict EN
  • Joint statement on the situation of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing recent events in North Africa EN

17th session – May/June 2011

  • Joint statement on the right ot education EN

16th session – February 2011

  • Joint statement on Juvenile Justice and Street Children EN
  • Joint statement right to health EN
  • Joint statement on AIDS and Children living and working in the street EN
  • Joint statement on the rights of girls living and working in the streets EN
  • Joint statement on alternative care and reintegration of street children EN
  • Joint statement on birth registration EN
  • Joint statement on street children FR
  • Joint statement on violence against children EN
  • Joint statement on the right to education EN

14th session – May 2010

  • Prosecution and ill-treatment of children in the military court system EN
  • Joint statement on Items 2 and 3 – SG and HC Thematic Reports EN
  • Joint statement on annual full-day discussion on Women’s Human Rights EN
  • Joint statement on Juvenile Justice FR

13th session – March 2010

  • The fight against sexual violence against children EN

11th session – June 2009

  • The right to education for children in detention EN

10th session – March 2009

  • Joint statement on annual full day meeting on the Rights of the Child EN
  • Children’s Rights in Juvenile Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Rights and Reality EN | ES
  • Joint statement on “Accountability must be ensured”: Fact-Finding Mandate Must Enable Prosecutions as a Form of Reparation – Item 9: Report of the Working Group on People of African Descents for Victims EN | ES

9th session – September 2008

  • Accountability for all grave violations of children’s rights in conflict EN
  • Child fatalities as a consequence of Israel’s military operation “Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip, ongoing since 27 December 2008 EN

7th session – March 2008

  • Joint statement on Building a Human Rights Council that Gives Priority to the Rights of Children EN
  • 31 Children Killed in Five Days in the Gaza Strip: The Council Must Act EN

6th session – December 2007

  • Review, Rationalisation and Improvement of Mandates: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention EN | FR

4th session – March 2007

  • Child fatalities as a consequence of Israel’s military campaigns in the Gaza Strip between 28 June 2006 and 26 November 2006 EN | ES
  • Torture of Children in Conflict with the Law EN | FR | ES
  • Arbitrary Detention of Children in Conflict with the Law EN | FR | ES
  • Joint statement on Commitment for change: what is needed to follow up on children’s participation in the UNSG’s Study on Violence against Children EN
  • Joint statement on Call for strong commitment of the States for the follow-up of the UN Study on
    Violence Against Children EN | FR

FORUMS, HIGH-LEVEL PANELS, CONFERENCES

1st UN Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law: “Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making” (21-22 November 2016)

UN High-Level Segment: “Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results” (18–22 July 2016)

UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (19-21 April 2016)

8th session of the Forum on Minority Issues (24 November 2015)

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION

2014

  •  Submission by DCI-Costa Rica – El caso de las personas adolescentes en procesos judiciales ES

2012

  • Submission by DCI-Netherlands – Closing the protection gap for migrant children EN
  • Submission by DCI-Costa Rica – Migración de niños, niñas y adolescentes, derechos humanos y trabajo infantil ES

2011

  • Submission by DCI-Netherlands – Children of imprisoned parents EN
  • Submission by DCI-Mexico – Situacion de les niños y las niñas que son hijos de padres que se encuentran privados de la libertad ES
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents EN

2008

  • Statement by DCI-Switzerland – L’éducation dans les situations d’urgence FR