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19 October 2007


General Assembly
GA/SHC/3890

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


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

INDEPENDENT EXPERT REITERATES CALL FOR MORE ATTENTION

TO PLIGHT OF CHILD VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Presses Case for Special Representative to Address Violence against Children


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to conclude its discussion of the promotion and protection of the rights of children. (For more background information, please see Press Release GA/SHC/3888 of 17 October 2007.)

Statements

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SOHA GENDI ( Egypt) ...

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...  What the Special Representative on children in armed conflict had reported on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories was surprising; her visit had shown her that children there had been targeted by the Israeli forces.  ...

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FEDA ABDELHADY-NASSER, observer for Palestine, expressed her deep distress that the rights of children around the world continued to be egregiously violated, particularly in situations of armed conflict, including foreign occupation.  Children continued to suffer in those situations.  Ending impunity for crimes against children was of paramount importance, she said.  Respect for the rule of law enshrined in instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child had to be compulsory for all States.  Those instruments could not continue to be treated by some as optional provisions to be flagrantly and gravely violated.

She said two generations of Palestinian children in the occupied Territories had lived and grown up knowing only a harsh and abnormal existence.  It was marked by the constant oppression, discrimination, humiliation and crimes of the 40-year-old Israeli military occupation of their people.  Palestinian children and their families must struggle daily to fulfil the basic needs of health, nutrition education and shelter.

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ABDULLAH S. AL-ANAZI ( Saudi Arabia) ...

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...  He appealed to the international community to respond to the plight of the Palestinian children suffering in the Occupied Territories.

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SANDRA SIMOVICH ( Israel) ...

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Referring to the high rate of homicide among boys in many regions, she said that problem had been viewed in her country’s region in a particularly troubling way, with impressionable Palestinian children, subjected to hateful propaganda, sometimes being dispatched as suicide bombers.  While Israel took issue with some of the findings of the Special Representative for children and armed conflict, and regretted that some of its clarifications had not been included in her report, her efforts were appreciated.  Children in the south of Israel, especially around Sderot, had continued to experience the daily terror of rocket attacks; many in the south and near the border with Lebanon had been killed or injured by rocket fire, and post-traumatic syndrome had been diagnosed in thousands of others.  Many children had also lost family members.  Winds of change were blowing in the region; for the sake of children especially, that sense of hope should be carried into dialogue with all of Israel’s neighbours.

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SALAM AL-SAIF ( Kuwait) ...

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He said his country agreed with the independent expert for the Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children that scattered efforts to address the matter of violence against children would not bear fruit.  He also raised the matter of Palestinian and Lebanese children and asked how could any Palestinian child not feel bitter, and become hardened, when he or she was detained for the most minor misdemeanour?

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Statement by Independent Expert on Violence against Children

HILDE FRAFJORD JOHNSON, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, introduced PAULO SÉRGIO PINHEIRO.  Mr. Pinheiro said he was returning once again to the Third Committee to reiterate his call for increased attention to the plight of child victims of violence in all regions of the world.  Efforts were urgently needed to be strengthened to make sure that expectations raised by the study process were not frustrated.  The efforts to develop such a comprehensive study would have no value if the destiny of the report was going to be the bookshelves of international organizations.

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Discussion

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Turning to questions from some representatives about children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, he said that, in his opinion, that was a matter that fell within the purview of the Independent Expert on Children in Armed Conflict.

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