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Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada’s foreign policy indicates a ‘priority commitment’ to protection of the rights of children around the world;
  • As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israeli authorities must respect and ensure basic due process rights and the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of children in accordance with international juvenile justice standards;
  • The Secretary General of the United Nations released his report on Children and Armed Conflict on June 20, 2019;
  • It reiterated the Special Representative’s "call upon Israel to uphold international juvenile justice standards, as well as to cease the use of administrative detention for children and end all forms of ill-treatment in detention, and to cease any attempted recruitment of detained children as informants”;
  • Israel has the distinction of being the only country in the world that automatically and systematically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections;
  • Defense for Children International Palestine reported that “Three out of four Palestinian children experience some form of physical violence following arrest by Israeli Defense Forces”; and
  • These children often give confessions after verbal abuse, threats, physical and psychological violence with no access to legal counsel during their interrogation.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure the human rights of Palestinian children are protected by instructing a Special Envoy to promote, monitor and report on the human rights situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied Palestinian Territory and Gaza.

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