Original language of petition: English
Canada is a steadfast friend and ally of Israel and friend of the Palestinian people. The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral aspect of Canadian efforts abroad, and children’s rights are a top concern of our foreign policy. Canada is a strong advocate of the effort to end all violations of human rights against children, particularly in situations of humanitarian emergencies and armed conflict. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, and Canada ratified the Convention in 1991.
Canadian officials continue to closely monitor the status of children’s rights in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Canada believes that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority must fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law. Respect for these laws is key to ensuring the protection of civilians, and contributes to the creation of a climate conducive to achieving a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace. The Fourth Geneva Convention applies in the occupied territories and establishes Israel's obligations as an occupying power, in particular with respect to the humane treatment of the inhabitants of the occupied territories.
Canada provides significant support to Palestinians in areas such as humanitarian assistance, growth that works for everyone, inclusive governance and access to quality education, particularly for refugee children and children with disabilities. This support also seeks to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Canada encourages Israel and the Palestinians to resume dialogue and direct negotiations to foster peace and stability.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||21|
|Prince Edward Island||4|