Statement delivered on Item 7 – the human rights situation in Palestine
On March 29 2023, DCI delivered a statement at the HRC52 on Item 7 – Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, on behalf of DCI-Palestine.
Each year the Israeli military detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in Israeli military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial. From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and torture at the hands of Israeli forces.
We strongly urge all member states to:
- Demand Israeli authorities immediately end the use of solitary confinement and administrative detention against Palestinian children and enshrine the prohibition in law;
- End 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.
Read the full statement here.