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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
17 October 2008


General Assembly
GA/SHC/3922

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



Sixty-third General Assembly
Third Committee
16th Meeting (AM)
THIRD COMMITTEE SPEAKERS UNDERLINE LINKS BETWEEN POVERTY, CHILD LABOUR,
OTHER FORMS OF EXPLOITATION, AS DEBATE ON CHILD RIGHTS CONCLUDES

Culminating its discussion on child rights, in a meeting that fell on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, delegates to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today underlined the links between poverty, child labour and other forms of exploitation against children, while calling for greater financial and technical support to tackle those shared concerns.

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The observer mission for Palestine and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta also made statements.

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Background The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to conclude its discussion on the promotion and protection of the rights of children (see Press Release GA/SHC/3920).

Statements

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NADYA RIFAAT RASHEED, observer for Palestine, said that the Israeli occupation had permeated every aspect of the lives of Palestinian children, and as a result, they had been robbed of their childhood and prematurely forced into adult roles.  Palestinian children continued to be victims of disproportionate and indiscriminate violence at the hands of the occupying power.  Since 2000, more than 1,000 Palestinian children had been killed by Israeli forces, and more than 100 had been killed since the beginning of the current year.  The deaths of Palestinian children at the hands of Israel troops were often only given cursory investigations at best.  That had led to a culture of impunity among the occupying forces, and Israeli troops now acted under an “air of moral of immunity”.  Further, Palestinian children had also been victims of crimes and abuses by other armed Israeli settlers.  Measures should be taken to bring the perpetrators of those crimes to justice since, without such actions, the culture of impunity would continue.

Children in the occupied territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, were denied basic health-care, nutrition and education services.  Palestinian children were also among those being held in Israeli jails and detention centres, many imprisoned in inhumane conditions and subject to physical and mental ill-treatment.  According to a 2008 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report, 700 Palestinian children had been arrested by Israeli forces in 2007 and 30 of those had been detained without trial.  The report also described the physical abuse and humiliating treatment of those children during arrest, and the physical and psychological abuse they suffered during interrogation.  Serious and urgent efforts must, thus, be undertaken to bring an end to that dire situation, and to bring hope to the lives of innocent and defenseless children living under occupation.

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WARIF HALABI ( Syria)...

...Touching briefly on Israeli aggressions against countries in the region, she noted that some forms of attacks disproportionately affected civilian populations, including children... 

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