Droits de l’enfant – Débat de la 3ème commission de l’AG – Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to continue its debate on the rights of children. For more information, please see Press Release GA/SHC/3979.
YOUSEF N. ZEIDAN, Observer of Palestine, stated that it was regrettable that millions of children continued to be denied the most basic of human rights that were essential for their survival, well-being and development. Such was the case of the children of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Those children had been impacted by serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by Israel, robbing them of any sense of safety and security. The Israeli assault on the Occupied Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009 resulted in the deaths of over 350 Palestinian children and the injury of 1,800 more. Destruction of infrastructure included 18 schools and nearly half of the health facilities. Among the devastating consequences, 40,000 Palestinian children were prevented from enrolling in United Nations schools this year, he added, due to the ban on building materials for school construction. Moreover, the blockade had resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis with dozens of children dying while waiting for Israeli travel permits to seek life-saving medical treatment. He described a recent incident in which a 5-year-old with respiratory complications died because the occupying Power would not allow him to transfer from Gaza to an Israeli hospital.
Turning to the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, he drew attention to home demolitions and evictions by Israeli occupying forces, rendering children homeless. Those children also lived in fear of being attacked by the same forces or illegal Israeli settlers who were “heavily armed with total impunity” to kill. Just a few days ago, he recalled, the world watched in horror as an Israeli settler used his car to run over two young Palestinian boys. “When will the time come” for the international community to bring an end to Israeli violations? he asked. Israel — the occupying power — had to end its occupation and allow the Palestinian people, including the children, to realize their inalienable rights.
ABDULLAH AL GIHUFLI ( United Arab Emirates) ...
... Also children under occupation were deprived of their rights, such as the Palestinian children under occupation, who suffered from a lack of access to main basic rights like food, shelter, and security.
MONIA ALSALEH ( Syria) ...
... On other matters, she said Israeli occupation had gravely impacted children in the occupied Syrian Golan. She said that Israel worked to undermine Arab identity by imposing education curricula and neglecting health and education services. The international community was obliged to condemn such violations, which were punishable under international law, and insist on dispatching committees to monitor people’s suffering. Media reports of Israel’s grave violations against children’s rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory were “disgraceful” and she urged standing up against such actions.