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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

DNI emite declaración del CDH sobre la Comisión de Investigación de Palestina

DNI asistió a la 3.ª reunión de la 50.ª sesión del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU el 14 de junio de 2022, que incluyó un diálogo interactivo con la Comisión Internacional Independiente de Investigación sobre el Territorio Palestino Ocupado, incluidos Jerusalén Este e Israel. Para este diálogo interactivo, DNI entregó una declaración escrita en nombre de Defensa de los Niños y Niñas Internacional – Palestina. En la declaración, DNI instó a todos los estados miembros a:

  • Exigir a las fuerzas israelíes que se abstengan de usar fuerza letal intencional contra civiles, incluidos niños, que no representan una amenaza inminente para la vida;
  • Exija que Israel retire las designaciones de organizaciones palestinas de derechos humanos y de la sociedad civil como “organizaciones terroristas” y cese su acoso a todas las organizaciones palestinas, israelíes e internacionales de derechos humanos y de la sociedad civil; y
  • Adoptar medidas urgentes para garantizar la rendición de cuentas por las violaciones apoyando los esfuerzos de la Corte Penal Internacional para que los autores rindan cuentas y cumpliendo las obligaciones previstas en los Convenios de Ginebra o el Estatuto de Roma para ejercer la jurisdicción penal y arrestar a las personas acusadas de haber cometido u ordenados de cometer , los crímenes internacionales descritos en el informe de la Comisión.

Lea el comunicado completo aquí.

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