UN Child Rights Committee urges Israel, Palestine and the international community to provide immediate support to children
Translated and edited by: Committee for Justice
Geneva: May 30, 2021
The Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations Human Rights Council called on Palestine, Israel, and the entire international community to provide the necessary and immediate support for children to begin building peace.
In a statement published by the media centre of the Human Rights Council, the Committee said it joins the declaration of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that “Israeli & Palestinian leaders have a responsibility beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict.”
The Committee explained that in addition to the unacceptable and tragic loss of life of more than 60 children, the recent hostilities had had long-term physical effects and psychological trauma on many children and their families, with more than 600 children injured.
The Committee considered that the first priority, beyond the consolidation of the ceasefire, is to provide children with protection, support mental health and meet their basic and urgent needs.
“In the longer term, the Committee strongly urges Israel and Palestine, and the entire international community, to work with determination to seek a negotiated, balanced and sustainable peace,” it added.
The Committee stressed that “both Israel and Palestine are States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and have an obligation to uphold their commitments to the human rights of children. As such, they must respect rules of international humanitarian law applicable to children in armed conflict and take all feasible measures to ensure protection and care of children who are affected by an armed conflict.”