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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

Magazine on 35 years of Defence for Children International

For the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Defence for Children International in 2014 we made a magazine.

As a way of paying tribute to the work carried out by child rights advocates of the Defence for Children, DCI, Movement, a variety of images from the mass of newsletters published by the organisation over the past 35 years has been put together, in a sort of visual organisational biography. DCI’s history is made up of many great achievements and also considerable challenges. We have gone through some difficult moments, but always managed to resurge thanks to the joint efforts of national sections on the ground and the International Secretariat in Geneva, which all share and work towards the fulfilment of the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), its Optional protocols and other relevant international human rights standards. DCI was founded in 1979, in Geneva, and worked on the drafting of the UNCRC.

Currently it is composed of more than 45 national sections and associated members worldwide. While going through this magazine you will learn of the specific child rights areas where DCI has been diligently working on since its inception.The power of working within such a strong and dedicated global network is key to DCI’s success. DCI national sections work within their respective countries to generate sustainable changes within the local community, bringing children’s human rights to the forefront of agendas and making sure that children are treated as human right holders.

Presently DCI, at the global level, holds justice for children and in particular children involved in the justice system as its overarching priority. It is to them, and to all those that today are working hard to uphold children’s rights worldwide within the DCI Movement, that this magazine is dedicated, with the hope that our shared struggle will not cease until all children around the world truly enjoy their fundamental human rights.

Click here to read the 35 years anniversary magazine.

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