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        General Assembly
13 October 2000

Original: FRENCH

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Official Records

Third Committee
Summary record of the 22nd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 13 October 2000, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson:Ms. Gittens-Joseph ....................................................................(Trinidad and Tobago)


Agenda item 110: Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued)

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

Agenda item 110: Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued) (A/55/41, A/55/162-S/2000/715, A/55/163-S/2000/712, A/55/201, A/55/297, A/55/442 and A/55/467-S/2000/973)

28. Mr. Nasser (Observer for Palestine) said that she was forced by the current situation to focus her statement on one issue – the systematic denial and violation of the rights of Palestinian children. In recent days, more than 20 children had been brutally and wilfully killed and more than 1,000 had been wounded. The wanton killing by an Israeli soldier of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy – a scene captured by camera for the eyes of the world to see – represented the stark tragedy of a Palestinian child living under Israeli occupation.

29. How was it possible for children to fully enjoy their rights to education, to a healthy childhood, to play and recreation, and to healthy development – in other words, all the rights to which they were entitled as human beings – when they were confronted daily with the appalling consequences of armed conflict and foreign occupation, when they lacked even the most basic needs and when their very protection and survival were at stake? The necessary prerequisite for children to enjoy their fundamental rights and to develop in a healthy and normal manner was that they should enjoy, even during armed conflicts and foreign occupation, conditions of peace and security based on respect for the purposes and principles of human-rights instruments, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The recent excessive use of force by the Israeli occupying army had resulted in grave loss of life, hundreds of wounded, the destruction of homes and properties and the rapid deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. Many families lacked electricity, schools had been closed, and movement of persons and goods was severely restricted. Over several decades, Israeli policies had prevented or seriously debilitated the enjoyment by Palestinian children of even the most basic rights guaranteed by the various instruments, which Israel did not respect.

30. Palestine remained committed to peace. It urged the international community to uphold its commitments, as declared in the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, to work to ameliorate the plight of the millions of children who lived under especially difficult circumstances, including those under foreign occupation.


The meeting rose at 12.30 p.m.

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