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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.
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DEI co-organise un événement à New York en vue de continuer à faire pression pour une Étude Mondiale sur les Enfants Privés de Liberté à l’AGNU

À la lumière de la 69e séance de l’AGNU et en particulier du Troisième Comité (qui concerne spécifiquement les droits de l’enfant), au nom du panel d’ONG en faveur d’une Étude Mondiale sur les Enfants Privés de Liberté, DEI en collaboration avec Human Rights Watch ont organisé un événement de haut niveau le mardi 14 octobre à New York. Des orateurs experts ont participé à cet événement. Citons parmi ceux-ci Marta Santos Pais (Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général sur la violence à l’égard des enfants), Kirsten Sandberg (Présidente du Comité des droits de l’enfant), Susan Bissell (Chef, Protection de l’enfance, UNICEF), ainsi que les remarques préliminaires des représentants permanents suivants: Sheikha Alya Bint Ahmed Bin Saif Al Than (Qatar); May-Elin Stener (Norvège) et Cristina Carrion (Uruguay). De nombreuses délégations des missions permanentes étaient présentes ainsi que des représentants de la société civile.

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From left: Ms. Kirsten Sandberg, Ms. Susan Bissell
and Ms. Marta Santos Pais

Le soutien pour cette étude s’est encore fait sentir lors de cet effort final de seconder la demande officielle de l’Étude via la Résolution relative aux droits de l’enfant de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies Durant cette 69e séance. DEI et HRW ont continué à faire pression sur les États afin d’assurer que l’Étude soit formellement soutenue. La Résolution va être adoptée d’ici la fin de l’année.

 

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