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Summary record of the 13th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 11 October 2006, at 3 p.m.
Chairman: Mr. Al-Bayati ............................................................................................... (Iraq)
Agenda item 67: Promotion and protection of the rights of children
(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children
33. Mr. Ramadan (Lebanon) said that the study could hardly be described as “in-depth” when it had failed to address the issue of child murder. The threat to children’s lives was manifest in armed conflict and foreign occupation, a topic that had been totally ignored in the report. Even in paragraph 9, which contained a list of settings in which violence against children had been addressed, no reference had been made to the many Lebanese and Palestinian children who were refugees or internally displaced persons. Ms. Mayo Puala had said that children no longer accepted the excuses of the perpetrators of violence against children. It was time for adults to say the same.
35. Ms. Rashed (Observer for Palestine) said that, despite the Independent Expert’s reason why the study had not addressed the issue of children in armed conflict, the matter should have received some mention, reflecting, as it did, a situation in which children found no safe haven either in their homes or in their schools. The year 2006 had been the bloodiest year so far for Palestinian children because of the actions of the occupying Power. Most of the children in the Gaza Strip were refugees, and Palestinian children were subject to violence on a daily basis, in the form of detention, forced interrogation, beatings and even torture. It was axiomatic that the well-being of children fell within the mandate of those whose job it was to protect them. She requested the Independent Expert to clarify further the reasons for the omission, especially in a year that could not be considered as having provided a world fit for children.
54. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic), noting the responses to the questions raised by the Palestinian and Lebanese delegations concerning children in armed conflict and children suffering from inhuman treatment under foreign occupation, said that her Government’s position was well known and she did not wish to repeat what had already been stated. Given that the study was meant to be the first comprehensive United Nations study on all forms of violence against children, she failed to understand how it could neglect the situation of children under foreign occupation and the plight of Palestinian and Lebanese children. Her delegation hoped that that shortcoming would be rectified in future reports on violence against children.
The meeting rose at 6 p.m.
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