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Déclaration faite au CDH56 sur le point 2 : Dialogue interactif avec la Commission d’enquête internationale indépendante sur le territoire palestinien occupé, y compris Jérusalem-Est et Israël

Déclaration faite au CDH56 sur le point 2 : Dialogue interactif avec la Commission d’enquête internationale indépendante  sur le territoire palestinien occupé, y compris Jérusalem-Est et Israël (seulement en anglais)

 

 

Au nom de Défense des Enfants International Palestine

 

Israeli forces have killed at least 3,200 additional Palestinian children in Gaza since the previous Human Rights Council session in March, bringing the total child death toll to more than 15,500, not accounting for the thousands of children and their families missing under the rubble of destroyed buildings. Israeli forces show no sign of slowing down their genocidal assault on Palestinians in Gaza, despite mounting international pressure.

 

 

At the same time, Israeli forces are carrying out near-daily incursions into Palestinian communities throughout the occupied West Bank, routinely killing and arresting Palestinian children without limit. So far in 2024, Israeli forces and settlers have killed 51 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defence for Children International – Palestine. Not a single perpetrator has been held accountable.

 

On May 6, during an Israeli military incursion into Nour Shams refugee camp, located near Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank, Israeli forces used three Palestinian boys as human shields in separate incidents. In two cases, Israeli soldiers fired weapons positioned on the boys’ shoulders. All three of the children were forced to walk in front of heavily armed Israeli soldiers and used as scouts to enter Palestinian homes ahead of the soldiers. International law is explicit and absolutely prohibits the use of children as human shields by armed forces or armed groups. Israeli forces intentionally putting a child in grave danger in order to shield themselves constitutes a war crime.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli forces are detaining a record number of Palestinian children without charge or trial. As of March 31, the latest available data according to the Israel Prison Service, a shocking 61 Palestinian children were held in Israeli prisons in administrative detention. This is a record number since DCIP began monitoring Palestinian child administrative detainees in 2008. At least half of these children were detained by Israeli forces after October 7, 2023. Detaining children indefinitely, without charge or trial, amounts to arbitrary detention.

 

We have collected affidavits from Palestinian children who have recently been released from Israeli prisons, and their testimonies have been consistent: The conditions for children in Israeli prisons are worse than ever before. Children report extremely overcrowded cells, regular beatings by Israeli prison guards, rotten food, lack of access to a toilet and shower, and attacks by Israeli military dogs.

 

International child justice standards, which Israel has obliged itself to implement by ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, demand that children should only be deprived of their liberty as a measure of last resort, for the shortest appropriate period of time and must not be unlawfully
or arbitrarily detained.

 

We strongly urge all member states to:

  • Demand an immediate and lasting ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip;
  • Demand the immediate release of all Palestinian children in Israeli detention centres and prisons;
  • End all complicity and financial and diplomatic support to the Israeli apartheid system; and
  • Take urgent action to ensure accountability for violations by supporting efforts by the International Criminal Court to hold perpetrators accountable and by carrying out obligations under the Geneva Conventions or Rome Statute to exercise criminal jurisdiction and arrest persons alleged to have committed, or who ordered to have committed, international crimes.

 

Lire la déclaration en entier ici.

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