Defence for Children International attended the 3rd meeting of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 14 June 2022, which included an Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel. For this interactive dialogue, DCI delivered a written statement on behalf of Defence for Children International – Palestine. In the statement, DCI urged all member states to:
- Demand Israeli forces refrain from using intentional lethal force against civilians, including children, who pose no imminent threat to life;
- Demand that Israel retract the designations of Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations as “terror organisations” and cease its harassment of all Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights and civil society organisations; and
- Take urgent action to ensure accountability for violations by supporting efforts by the International Criminal Court to hold perpetrators accountable and by carrying out obligations under the Geneva Conventions or Rome Statute to exercise criminal jurisdiction and arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, the international crimes described in the Commission’s report.
Read DCI’s full statement here.