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23. Mr. Ramadan (Lebanon) asked whether a Special Representative on violence against children would soon be appointed and asked the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict why her report, although it referred to children detained in military prisons and children as victims of “collateral damage” in bombardments of civilian towns, made no mention either of the situation of children in the occupied Palestinian territories or of Israel’s obligations as an occupying Power.
29. Mr. Zeidan (Observer for Palestine) asked why the situation of Palestinian children — including those detained in Israeli prisons, who were cut off from their families and subject to torture — had not been addressed in the report of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and what the United Nations was doing to ensure their protection and the enforcement of international humanitarian law.
34. Ms. Coomaraswamy (Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict) responded that the situation of children in the occupied Palestinian territories was addressed in a separate report, which had been published and was available on her Office’s website, and pointed out that the number of children wounded or killed had decreased significantly since the ceasefire.
35. On the issue of detained children, she said that, in the light of the guiding principles relating to justice for minors — by which the best interest of the child prevailed in all circumstances, and detention was a measure of last resort and to which alternatives should be provided — the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan, was clearly a matter of concern from the legal perspective. She and her Office were working with the Governments concerned to try to improve the situation.
73. Mr. Ahmed (Sudan) ...
7. His delegation was deeply concerned over the critical situation of children living under foreign occupation in Palestine and in the occupied Syrian Golan, who were deprived of their essential rights to education and health services. It called upon the international community to act to end that situation by summoning the necessary will to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace, put an end to the occupation and free all the Occupied Arab Territories.
The meeting rose at 6.10 p.m.
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