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Webinar series

Children’s Rights in Palestine, Touching base on Palestinian Child’s Day

Defence for Children International (DCI) launched a series of webinars on 5th April 2024, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Child, to raise awareness about the rights of Palestinian children.

The subsequent webinars are scheduled for 8th May, 17th May, 31st May and one more on 2nd July with a hybrid meeting near Geneva on 2nd May, coinciding with the Annual Rafto Prize meeting of laureates. DCI-Palestine is the 2023 Rafto Prize Laureate.

The webinars bring together a range of high-level expert Palestinian and international speakers to discuss how best to support Palestinian children, meet their immediate needs, start healing the harms caused, provide pathways to a sense of justice and accountability, and ensure their rights are respected and implemented.

2nd July 2024, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Panellists:

 

Moderator: Bethany Ellis, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

 

  • Giovanni Di Girolamo, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Unit, Commission’s Directorate-General for European Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO)
  • Rana Nashashibi, Director of the Palestinian Counselling Centre
  • Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
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Action points:

  1. Immediate Ceasefire: Call for an immediate ceasefire to halt the violence and protect civilians.
  2. Humanitarian Access: Ensure safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to and within Gaza to reach affected populations, including opening all access crossings.
  3. Safe Movement: Guarantee the safe movement of humanitarian workers and supplies to support aid delivery.
  4. Protect Civilian Infrastructure: Respect and protect civilian infrastructure, such as shelters, schools, health facilities, and utilities, to prevent loss of life, disease outbreaks, and ensure care for the sick and wounded.
  5. Respect International Law: Urge all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to safeguard civilian lives and property.
  6. Medical Access: Allow urgent medical cases to safely access critical health services or be evacuated, ensuring that children evacuated for medical reasons are accompanied by family members.
  7. Family-Based Care: Promote family-based care options for children deprived of parental care, avoiding excessive institutionalisation.
  8. Support for HRDs: Provide protection and support for Palestinian human rights defenders and NGOs documenting the situation, recognising their essential role despite crackdowns.
  9. Accountability and Justice: Press for accountability by urging the ICC to issue arrest warrants and for countries with universal jurisdiction to ensure justice is served for violations committed during the conflict.
Read full summary here

Athens, the reflection of a broken protection system for refugee children

DCI-Greece and DCI-Netherlands recently published a report presenting the living situation of refugee children in Athens.

Through a series of interviews made with professionals (i.e. Social workers, NGO staff, former Government professionals, lawyers, psychologists) on the field of asylum and migration child protection, as well as interviews made with refugee children ( aged 10 to 17 years old coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan) and people from solidarity movements and adult refugees, both sections have undertaken a comprehensive field research in October 2017 to map the current situation refugee children find themselves in Athens and in the surrounding areas of Attika, and to identify the existing issues and needs.

Most refugee children live in unknown places or are homeless, while those who are on the waiting list for a shelter live in detention centers or Safe Zones within refugee camps. The ‘lucky’ ones live in special accommodation facilities.

According to the available data, there are currently 1.114 places available in shelters nationwide in Greece. There are 1.822 unaccompanied children on a waiting list for shelter, with 87 currently being homed in reception centres and 116 in protective custody. The waiting list does not include referrals whose location is
unknown. It is estimated that a large number of those children present in Athens live in a state of invisibility.

To learn more about the findings of DCI on the ground, view their report below

 

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