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As part of its advocacy and lobbying efforts at the international level, Defence for Children International delivers a number of oral and/or written statements, especially before the United Nations Human Rights Council. These statements are targeted to raise issues of pressing concern before UN member states.

Statements

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

39th session – September 2018:

  • Joint Statement: Urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and its impact on the most vulnerable populations EN
  • Statement on Human Rights Situation of Children in Yemen EN
  • Statement delivered on behalf of Defence for Children International – Palestine EN
  • Statement on UPR outcomes Colombia ES
  • Statement on behalf of DCI Brazil highlighting violations of the rights of indigenous children in the Mato Grosso do Sul region of Brazil and calling for all states to respect the rights of indigenous peoples EN
  • Girls Advocacy Alliance – Statement on Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences EN
  • Statement on the concerns regarding the particular challenges and discrimination faced by specific groups of children, such as those in conflict with the law and asylum-seeking, migrant, and refugee children EN
  • Joint Statement – Call to take concrete steps to ensure human rights for migrants, including through human rights-based implementation, follow-up and review for UN Global Compact on Migration EN
  • Global Study for Children Deprived of Liberty – Statement of the Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Delivered by: International Catholic Child Bureau – EN

38th session – June 2018:

  • Statement on the Excessive use of force by Israel on Palestinian children (Item 7) EN 
  • Statement on UPR outcomes Israel EN 
  • Girls Advocacy Alliance – Statement for Annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women: The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organizations in digital spaces EN 
  • Global Study for Children Deprived of Liberty – Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health EN 

28th special session – May 2018:

  • Statement on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem EN

37th session – March 2018:

  • Global Study for Children Deprived of Liberty – Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture EN
  • Statement on Yemen for the Interactive dialogue with the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) EN
  • Girls Advocacy Alliance – Joint statement for the Interactive dialogue with the Special Representative on Violence Against Children EN
  • Girls Advocacy Alliance – Statement for the UPR Outcome of Ghana EN
  • Statement on Palestinian Child Detainees held by Israeli Authorities in Administrative Detention for the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 EN

36th session – September 2017:

  • Statement for the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on CAR FR
  • Statement for the General Debate on Yemen EN
  • Statement on UPR outcomes The Netherlands EN
  • Statement on UPR outcomes United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (with DCI-GB) EN
  • Statement on Integration of a Gender Perspective EN
  • Statement on Annual Discussion on Indigenous Peoples EN & ES
  • Statement for the General Debate on the Human Rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories EN

33rd session – September 2016:

  • Statement on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls EN
  • Statement: Towards a better integration of the gender perspective EN

  • Statement: Israel’s armed forces and the deteriorating situation of Palestinian children EN

 

32nd session – June 2016:

  • Statement on the human rights of children in migration situations EN | FR | ES
  • Joint statement on ending the Immigration Detention of Children, as part of the Inter-Agency Working Group on the Immigration Detention of Children EN
  • Statement on children’s rights and the World Drug Problem EN
  • Joint statement on the use of sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all EN (written) & EN (oral)
  • Joint statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Sierra Leone EN
  • DCI-Palestine on the grave violations of children’s rights committed by Isreali military forces EN
  • Joint statement as a response to the OHCHR report on “Practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practice and lessons learned” EN
  • Joint statement as a response to the conservative “protection of the family” resolution and discourse EN (oral) & EN (written)

31st session – March 2016:

  • Statement on the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty – Interactive Dialogue with the SRSG on Violence against Children EN
  • Statement on monitoring of child detention facilities – Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture EN
  • Statement on Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of children’s rights (Item 7) EN
  • Joint Statement on the 2030 Agenda and children’s rights: leave no child behind EN
  • Joint Statement on the Protection of the Family EN
  • Joint Statement on ICTs and child sexual exploitation EN
  • Joint Statement on Investment in Children EN
  • UPR outcomes Mauritania FR

30th session – September 2015:

  • Statement on arbitrary detention – Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Item 3) EN
  • Statement on the rights of indigenous girls (together with DCI-Colombia) EN
  • Statement on Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of children’s rights (on behalf of DCI-Palestine) EN
  • Joint statement on Investment in the rights of the child at the heart of good governance in the public service EN
  • Joint statement on Brazil and the minimum age of criminal responsibility EN

29th session – June 2015

  • Statement on girls’ right to eduaction – Working Group on Discrimination Against Women (Item 3) EN
  • Joint Statement on school-related gender based violence at the High Level Panel on Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl EN
  • Statement on the need for effective implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights of children deprived of liberty EN | FR | ES

28th session – March 2015

  • Israel’s armed forces and grave violations of childrens rights EN
  • Joint statement on UPR EN

27th session – September 2014

  • Joint statement on the protection of the family and its members EN

26th session – June 2014

  • Joint statement on the protection of the family EN | ES
  • Israeli forces shoot and kill two Palestinian teens near Ramallah EN

25th session – March 2014

  • Consideration of the UPR Report of Israel EN

24th session – September 2013

  • Item 4 – Syria EN

23rd session – June 2013

  • Solitary confinement of Palestinian child detainees in Israel’s military court system EN
  • Item 4 – Syria EN

22nd session – March 2013

  • Joint statement on children in detention EN
  • Joint statement on post 2015 agenda EN
  • DEI Benin report FR
  • DCI Palestine on solitary confinement of Palestinian child detainees in Israel’s military court system EN

21st session – September 2012

  • DCI Palestine on the attacks on Palestinian fishermen by the Israeli authorities in Mediterranean Sea, Gaza EN
  • Contemporary forms of slavery FR
  • DNI Colombia on children in armed conflict EN | ES

20th session – June 2012

  • DCI Palestine on the prosecution and ill-treatment of children EN
  • Joint working group on violence against children EN

19th session – March 2012

  • Joint statement on violence against children EN
  • Statement on Juvenile justice EN
  • DCI Canada report to council EN
  • DCI Australia report to council EN
  • DNI Costa Rica report to council ES
  • DEI Sierra Leone report to council EN
  • DEI Benin report to council FR
  • DCI Palestine report to council EN

18th session – September 2011

  • Joint statement on children in armed conflict EN
  • Joint statement on the situation of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing recent events in North Africa EN

17th session – May/June 2011

  • Joint statement on the right ot education EN

16th session – February 2011

  • Joint statement on Juvenile Justice and Street Children EN
  • Joint statement right to health EN
  • Joint statement on AIDS and Children living and working in the street EN
  • Joint statement on the rights of girls living and working in the streets EN
  • Joint statement on alternative care and reintegration of street children EN
  • Joint statement on birth registration EN
  • Joint statement on street children FR
  • Joint statement on violence against children EN
  • Joint statement on the right to education EN

14th session – May 2010

  • Prosecution and ill-treatment of children in the military court system EN
  • Joint statement on Items 2 and 3 – SG and HC Thematic Reports EN
  • Joint statement on annual full-day discussion on Women’s Human Rights EN
  • Joint statement on Juvenile Justice FR

13th session – March 2010

  • The fight against sexual violence against children EN

11th session – June 2009

  • The right to education for children in detention EN

10th session – March 2009

  • Joint statement on annual full day meeting on the Rights of the Child EN
  • Children’s Rights in Juvenile Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Rights and Reality EN | ES
  • Joint statement on “Accountability must be ensured”: Fact-Finding Mandate Must Enable Prosecutions as a Form of Reparation – Item 9: Report of the Working Group on People of African Descents for Victims EN | ES

9th session – September 2008

  • Accountability for all grave violations of children’s rights in conflict EN
  • Child fatalities as a consequence of Israel’s military operation “Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip, ongoing since 27 December 2008 EN

7th session – March 2008

  • Joint statement on Building a Human Rights Council that Gives Priority to the Rights of Children EN
  • 31 Children Killed in Five Days in the Gaza Strip: The Council Must Act EN

6th session – December 2007

  • Review, Rationalisation and Improvement of Mandates: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention EN | FR

4th session – March 2007

  • Child fatalities as a consequence of Israel’s military campaigns in the Gaza Strip between 28 June 2006 and 26 November 2006 EN | ES
  • Torture of Children in Conflict with the Law EN | FR | ES
  • Arbitrary Detention of Children in Conflict with the Law EN | FR | ES
  • Joint statement on Commitment for change: what is needed to follow up on children’s participation in the UNSG’s Study on Violence against Children EN
  • Joint statement on Call for strong commitment of the States for the follow-up of the UN Study on
    Violence Against Children EN | FR

FORUMS, HIGH-LEVEL PANELS, CONFERENCES

1st UN Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law: “Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making” (21-22 November 2016)

UN High-Level Segment: “Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results” (18–22 July 2016)

UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (19-21 April 2016)

8th session of the Forum on Minority Issues (24 November 2015)

11th EU Forum on the Rights of the Child (7-8 November 2017)

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION

2018

  • Submission by DCI-Ghana (GAA) – Paving the way for Girls Human Rights Defenders: Protection and Empowerment in Ghana EN
  • Submission by DCI-Sierra Leone (GAA) – Consultation with children on their experience as human rights defenders in Sierra Leone EN

2014

  • Submission by DCI-Costa Rica – El caso de las personas adolescentes en procesos judiciales ES

2012

  • Submission by DCI-Netherlands – Closing the protection gap for migrant children EN
  • Submission by DCI-Costa Rica – Migración de niños, niñas y adolescentes, derechos humanos y trabajo infantil ES

2011

  • Submission by DCI-Netherlands – Children of imprisoned parents EN
  • Submission by DCI-Mexico – Situacion de les niños y las niñas que son hijos de padres que se encuentran privados de la libertad ES
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents EN

2008

  • Statement by DCI-Switzerland – L’éducation dans les situations d’urgence FR