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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.
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DNI-Sierra Leona trae esperanza a las victimas de las inundaciones y deslizamientos en Freetown

*Articulo únicamente  en inglés

 

Freetown was hit by devastating flooding and mudslides in August 14th, 2017. More than 400 people were killed, and 600 people are still missing

Over 3,000 homes were destroyed, an estimated 6,000 people are living in sub-standard temporary shelters and thousands are desperately in need of help. There is no proper sanitation or access to safe drinking water, and health services are precarious. Protection from gender-based violence and access to justice must be guaranteed.

Defence for Children Sierra Leone is working with the government, the National Emergency Response team and other agencies to respond to the needs of those affected. 

 

Amina’s story 

Amina* wonders how she could wake up in a classroom, but later she realised it was no longer a classroom but her new home. The flooding and mudslides that hit communities in Freetown did not spare Amina and her family.

Amina is a 5th class pupil at Regent village on the outskirts of Freetown, where thousands of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed on August 14th, 2017. She said the tragedy brought fear and change in her life, she has been scared since the disaster occurred.

“I could not spend time on my books because I was still afraid of what the next minute would bring, I thought the floods would come again and I was worried,”

Defense for Children – Sierra Leone Response

Since the disaster happened, DCI-SL has redoubled its efforts to strengthen community child protection and response mechanisms. This to ensure that human rights are protected and prevent gender-based violence & abuse.

Amongst its response, DCI-SL is coordinating with the government the implementation of the minimum initial service package, a series of crucial actions required to  respond to child protection needs and prevent violence and abuse against children. DCI-SL is also training community volunteers and parents to meet the needs of women and children.

Safe spaces are being secured to provide psychosocial and legal support to survivors, and to expand access to services and justice systems.

Together with partners, DCI-SL is also helping the government to do a rapid registration of flood-affected people and to voice their needs.

 

Still, much is needed.

Young people are especially vulnerable, community members told DCI-SL.

We need help in every aspect, especially for children’s and women’s well-being and protection

 

* Names changed for privacy reasons

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