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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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Defence for Children International Regional MENA desk officially becomes part of the Arab Childhood Committee of the League of Arab States (LAS)

PRESS RELEASE: Representatives from Defence for Children International (DCI) Middle East and North African (MENA) region gathered on 2 March 2015 in the premises of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, Egypt, at the presence of the H.E. Ambassador Ms. Inas Mekkawy, Chief of the LAS Department of Family, Women and Childhood affairs and H.E. Mousnira Khattab, former member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). The meeting proved fruitful as DCI desk for the MENA region has now officially been recognized as member of the Arab Childhood Committee of the League of Araba States. DCI is the only child rights organisation specialised in justice for children and involved in the violence against children agenda within the Arab world.

Raising awareness and monitoring violations of children’s human rights within Arab world, in application of international standards for the protection of children and in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the main reference of DCI’s work. «We need to work together to improve the situation of children’s rights in the region«, said H.E Ambassador Mekkawy, and «we cannot hide ourselves behind the concept of cultural specificities as if these were preventing us from respecting children’s rights which are universal«, proclaimed H.E. Ambassador Khattab.

Regional workshop on child justice in the Arab world
Today also marks the inauguration of the seventh regional workshop on child justice in the Arab world, which will take place over the next two days in Cairo, in cooperation with the Women, Family and Children’s Department of the League of Arab States (LAS). The workshop is organized by Defence for Children International (DCI) Regional Office for the MENA region, with twelve DCI national sections attending together with DCI sections specialized in child rights and juvenile justice from other regions of the world. Among the most emerging topics being discussed, key issues include: the situation of detention of detention and rehabilitation centers in Palestine; the sexual abuse of minors in Mauritania; and the conditions of street children in Morocco. The latest version of the Arab database on juvenile justice will be finalized on the last day of the workshop, in follow-up to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution (69/157), 18 December 2014, to work on a worldwide Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. «We should work with the support of all Arab states to make the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty a real difference for children of the region«, said Ileana Bello, Executive Director of Defence for Children International (DCI).

Arab Guide on Child Friendly Justice
In addition, the Arab Guide on Child Friendly Justice will be presented during this regional workshop, with a special focus on the situation of children in conflict with the law. Defence for Children International (DCI) – Palestine, coordinator of the MENA-region desk of DCI, is preparing a Child Friendly Justice Guide for the MENA region. With this Guide there will finally be an adoption of common rules in all legal aspects affecting children in conflict with the law throughout all stages of judicial proceedings. Director of DCI Palestine, Khaled Quzmar stated: «We have an ambitious agenda in front of us for these next few days of meetings, but we should all work at making the Guidelines on Child-Friendly justice for Children for the Arab world a concrete reality«.

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