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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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Une occasion unique pour les professionnels travaillant pour et avec des enfants en conflit avec la loi de présenter leur travail


European final conference – Children’s Rights Behind Bars 2.0

A participatory path toward reintegration of children in conflict with the law


26 November 2018
at the European Economic and Social Committee – 2 Rue Van Maerlant, Brussels

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The conference is a unique opportunity for professionals working for and with children in conflict with the law to present their work. The participants will exchange on current challenges, learn new approved and good practices as well as be the first to know about the results of the CRBB 2.0 project.

The participants will range from professionals working in closed institutions for children (educators, directors, teachers, etc.) or in child protection organisations, to members of the civil society, researchers and academics active in the field of children in conflict with the law. In addition, international stakeholders notably from the EU institutions, the Council of Europe or UNICEF will be attending the event.

The conference will be in English.

Please click here to see the draft programme.



If you wish to attend the conference, please register by clicking here. Registration will be closed on 15 November 2018.

Please click here to see the Save the Date


Call for participation

In the framework of this conference, DCI-Belgium wishes to support the travel and accommodation costs of a limited number of professionals working in institutions, NGO members or researchers eager to share with the participants the result of their work in one the three following areas:

Ø  Capacity building of professionals working in closed institutions for juveniles

Ø  Improving children’s rights knowledge and participation of juveniles deprived of their liberty

Ø  Fostering reintegration of juveniles in conflict with the law

Proposals should be submitted on 19 October 2018 at the latest using the form which is available by clicking here. Selected participants will be notified by 26 October 2018.

Please click here to see the Call for participation

If you are proud of your work with juveniles and would like to share your experience during the conference, we look forward to reading your submissions.


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