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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
18 October 2013




General Assembly
GA/SHC/4073

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Third Committee
17th & 18th Meetings (AM & PM)




PROMOTING CHILDREN'S RIGHTS KEY TO FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, PROSPERITY,

DELEGATES STRESS AS THIRD COMMITTEE CONCLUDES DEBATE


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this morning to continue its general discussion on children’s rights.

Statements

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ABDULAZIZ AL-FALAH ( Kuwait) underlined the need to stop any violence against children. He called on all countries to ratify regional and international laws and conventions to create a legal framework on this issue. Kuwait had ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol in 2004. It had set up national laws and mechanisms to protect children from abuse and create favourable conditions for their growth. Given the Constitution’s specific mention of “the family as the basis of the community”, the protection of children and youth was high on the national agenda, which focused on improving education, healthcare and protection from illness for all children. Citing the address by the Executive Director of UNICEF, he expressed deep concern for the situation of children in Syria, as well as in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Noting that one million Syrian children were refugees, he called on the international community not to ignore them or the children in Palestine, who had by harmed by the “violations done by Israel”.

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REEM JULIA MANSOUR, observer for the State of Palestine, said that “generation after generation, Palestinian children have grown up under a brutal military occupation that has continued for more than four decades, which has robbed them of their most basic and inalienable rights with far-reaching negative consequences on their development and their society.” Since Israel was part of the Convention on the Rights of Children since 1991, she called on the country to adhere to its legal obligations throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Children there were suffering from the lack of access to health care and education, widespread insecurity, and humiliation and discrimination inflicted by Israeli settlers and occupying forces. She then spoke about the situation in the occupied Gaza strip and the situation of Palestinian children illegally held and mistreated in Israeli detention centres and prisons. In conclusion, she said that Palestinian children, like children all over the world, desired and deserved peace and freedom and the opportunity to exercise their inalienable human rights.

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Amira Dali( Tunisia) ... The international community should devote greater consideration to illegal migrant children and youth, as well as to the situation of Palestinian children, who were deprived of their fundamental rights and traumatized on a daily basis by fear, she concluded.

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The representative of Lebanon highlighted that her Government aimed to protect the rights of all children in her country, where half of them were Syrian and Palestinian children who sought safe refuge in Lebanon. Her country was seeking to build an open, pluralistic society. Her Government was fulfilling international obligations by endorsing and implementing the Children’s Rights Convention and its Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and a set of ILO instruments related to child labour. It was undertaking national campaigns that included goals of stemming school dropouts, particularly in rural areas, and combating sexual abuse. The remaining challenges were putting Lebanon to the test, she said, calling on the international community to support the 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, most of them children. Pledges were still falling short of the real humanitarian needs in Lebanon. The country had known all too well the bitterness of occupation and conflict from its own experience, she said, noting that children were the primary victims.

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Right of Reply

Speaking in exercise of the right of reply, a representative of Israel said that her Palestinian counterpart continued to spread lies and misused the Third Committee. Messages of incitement were everywhere. Palestine was using children as suicide bombers against Israel. The Committee had more important work to do than hearing Palestinians’ false accusations of Israel.

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An observer from the State of Palestine rebutted the remarks just made by Israel’s representative as typical of an occupying Power. Israel continued its human rights violations against Palestinians, including children. Countless reports documented a long list of violations by the occupying Power and Israel had ignored a number of resolutions that had been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The only solution was for Israel to end its occupation and violations.


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