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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



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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Defensa de Niñas y Niños Internacional profundamente entristecida por la muerte de la Sra. Asma Jahangir

** Información únicamente en ingles **

Comunicado de Prensa  #01/2018

Geneva, Switzerland

 © UN Photo


It is with deepest sadness that Defence for Children International (DCI) has learned of the death of Ms Asma Jahangir, human rights defender and former member of DCI’s International Executive Council – IEC between 1992 and 1995, representing DCI’s National Section in Pakistan. Ms Jahangir was an active and committed member of DCI’s International Executive Council

Nigel Cantwell, founder of DCI, has expressed his deep sorrow at the passing of Ms Jahangir: “The news of Asma’s death came as a tremendous shock – she was an indefatigable and truly outstanding human rights defender, and a great supporter of DCI from its early days”.

Trained as a lawyer and worked in Pakistan’s Supreme Court from age 30. A strong defender of Democracy, Human Rights, Rights of women and children, Asma was jailed in 1983 for pro-democracy activities and critic of the military establishment. She was then put under house arrest in 2007 for opposing military leader’s removal of Supreme Court chief justice. DCI campaigned for her liberation from jail and against the house arrest in 2007.

Asma has been the first female leader of Pakistan’s Supreme Court bar association and a winner of several awards including the Unesco/Bilbao prize for the promotion of a culture of human rights and the French Legion of Honour. She served in various UN Human Rights mandates, as UN Special Rapporteur on extra judicial execution, Special rapporteur on freedom of religion as well as on human rights in Iran.

DCI would like to extend its most respectful thoughts and support to Ms Jahangir’s family, friends and colleagues during these difficult days. The Human Rights community loses a great defender and ally.


Media contact:

For further information, please contact Paula Trujillo at paula.trujillo@defenceforchildren.org or by phone at +41(0)227340558

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