An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres
As organizations working to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, we are dismayed by your reported decision to “freeze” any new additions of parties to conflict that commit grave violations of children’s rights to the annexes to your 2017 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict. We urge you to reconsider, and issue an updated list with your report, including all perpetrators responsible for patterns of grave violations against children in 2016.
Ramallah, May 15, 2017 - Israeli border police shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on May 7, after the girl allegedly brandished a knife near forces stationed outside of the Old City of Jerusalem in circumstances warranting an impartial investigation.
(PHROC) strongly condemns the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) special unit's violent attacks against Palestinian prisoners and detainees.
Ramallah, December 23, 2016—Israeli forces and security guards have killed 32 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2016. This makes it the deadliest year of the past decade for West Bank children, according to Defense for Children International - Palestine research.
Ramallah, November 19, 2016—“I wish I could do it now,” said 24-year-old West Bank resident Basma, of the education she abandoned a decade ago when she married her husband. “I did not feel it earlier, but now I regret it, especially when I help my children do their homework.”
Palestinian children in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, located in the southern part of the West Bank, returned to school on August 28 with no end to the Israeli-enforced military closure of their neighborhood in sight.
Ramallah, August 11, 2016—Israel’s parliament approved a new law last week enabling Israeli authorities to imprison minors as young as 12 years old when convicted of serious violent crimes.
Ramallah, July 21, 2016—A 10-year-old Palestinian boy died from a sponge-tipped bullet to the chest fired by Israeli forces during a clash with youth in the central West Bank town of Al-Ram on Tuesday evening.
An eyewitness told Defense for Children International – Palestine that a paramilitary border police officer fired a sponge-tipped bullet directly at Muhyee al-Din Tabakhi, which struck him in the chest. According to Reuters, an Israeli police spokesperson said paramilitary border police officers used only tear gas and stun grenades after youth threw a petrol bomb.
Jerusalem, July 20, 2016—Palestinian youth convicted of throwing stones in Jerusalem are starting to feel the effects of the changes in Israeli legislation and policy guidelines between 2014 and 2015.
On June 13, an Israeli judge sentenced Omar T., Nour al-Din H., and Seif T., all three of them 16 years old, to 26 months in prison. They also received a 12-month suspended sentence for two years after their release.
Ramallah, July 2, 2016—Abdul-Rahman Kmail was hit with a four-month extension to his administrative detention order on June 11. He was only 15 years old when he was incarcerated without charge or trial five months ago.
During Kmail’s 15-minutes of questioning at Salem military base, near the West Bank city of Jenin, he admitted to telling his friends “a lie that I wanted to stab an Israeli soldier, but I never had the intention to do so.”
Ramallah, June 22, 2016 —Israeli soldiers “mistakenly” shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian, and injured four others, early Tuesday near the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.
Six teenage cousins and a driver were in a car heading home around 1:30 a.m. after a night of family fun at a swimming pool in the nearby West Bank village of Beit Sira. Israeli soldiers opened fire on them as they drove through an underpass beneath Route 443, Daoud Isam Daoud Abu Hasan, 14, one of the cousins, told Defense for Children International - Palestine.
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) is gravely concerned with ongoing attacks against Al-Haq, in particular the death threats targeting its employees, including its General Director, Mr.
Shawan Jabarin, by external and organised sources. PHROC stands in solidarity with Al-Haq along with other Palestinian human rights organisations confronting the Israeli occupation by promoting the rule of law as a means to attain freedom and the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people.
Ramallah, February 26, 2016—Israeli authorities filed charges against a Palestinian teenage boy on January 26 after holding him without charge for three months.
Ramallah, February 8, 2016—Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed into law the long-gestating juvenile protection bill on Thursday that meets modern international standards for safeguarding children’s rights, with a focus on alternatives to incarceration.
At the end of October, a total of 307 Palestinian children were imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system, an increase of 79.5 percent from September. This is the largest number of Palestinian child detainees in Israeli military detention since April 2010.
The number of young children detained between the ages of 12 and 15 was 78, an 189% increase from September. This includes two children between 12 and 14 years old.
Administrative detention used against Palestinian children
Ramallah, November 28, 2015—Over the past eight weeks, amid escalating violence in Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank, Israel has pushed forward a slew of harsh policies that target Palestinian children.
Ramallah, April 16, 2015—Defense for Children International Palestine today released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.
Ramallah, March 26, 2015—Three Palestinian children shot with live ammunition as Palestinian security forces battled gunmen from Balata refugee camp, near to the West Bank city of Nablus, this month.