L’UNICEF condanna l’esercito israeliano per l’omicidio di bambini palestinesi

IMEMC. L’UNICEF è “profondamente rattristato” per la morte di due ragazzini di 13 e 17 anni, uccisi venerdì dall’esercito israeliano di occupazione, vicino alla barriera di confine nella Striscia di Gaza sotto assedio. “Le circostanze esatte della loro morte sono sotto indagine”, ha spiegato sabato l’UNICEF in una dichiarazione. “Dall’inizio dell’anno sono 4 i bambini…

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Gaza children bearing brunt of Israeli violence: UN

Palestinian children look out from a tent near the site of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces following a protest along the border with the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, on April 3, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinian children look out from a tent near the site of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces following a protest along the border with the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, on April 3, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says children in the besieged Gaza Strip are the main victims of Israeli atrocities in the Palestinian sliver, amid an escalation of violence perpetrated by the Tel Aviv regime against some 1.8 million inhabitants of the coastal enclave.   

“The escalating violence in Gaza has exacerbated the suffering of children whose lives have already been unbearably difficult for several years,” said Geert Cappelaere, the regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, in a statement on Friday.

He added that apart from the physical injuries children sustain in Israeli attacks, they are increasingly showing symptoms of severe distress and trauma.

According to figures provided by the UN agency, over the past five weeks, five children lost their lives and hundreds more were wounded in largely peaceful protest rallies held along the border with the occupied Palestinian territories. Furthermore, at least half of the total child population in Gaza depend on humanitarian assistance, and one in four needs psychosocial care.

Cappelaere also said minors “belong in schools, homes and playgrounds” and hence, they should “never be targeted.”

Late last month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Israeli forces to curb the use of “lethal force against unarmed demonstrators” during protests, wondering “how children… can present a threat of imminent death or serious injury to heavily protected security force personnel.”

Nearly 50 Palestinians have lost their lives in clashes with Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza border since March 30. The Israeli regime has faced international criticism over its use of live fire.

The Palestinian rallies, known as the “Great March of Return,” will last until May 15, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), when Israel was created. Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty there.

In addition, the Israeli regime has imposed increasing power cuts and shortages in fuel in the sliver, hugely disrupting water and sanitation services. Medicines and health equipment are also in dire short supply, straining an already fragile health system.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.


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At Security Council: A call for more action to end the violation of children’s rights, in conflict

The latest Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict points to some worrying trends in warfare, the targeting and use of schools in conflict – and the need for safe havens, even in conflict.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2012 – His face and body are badly burned. He can barely speak. His home in Hama, Syrian Arab Republic, went up in flames when it was hit by a rocket – and the family couldn’t get 4-year-old Adnan out in time.

Safe, if destitute, in a makeshift camp in Lebanon, Adnan lives with constant reminder of the brutal war – his own body, his continuing fear.

“In general, the children are quiet,” says Adnan’s father. “When they hear the sound of a plane or a car, they are scared. Adnan is constantly afraid, especially at night. As soon as the sun goes down, he starts crying.”

“If not for these children, for whom will the Council Act?”

Every year, the Secretary-General of the United Nations issues a report that speaks for children like Adnan. Presenting the 12th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui made a plea for urgent action. “It’s been two years since the conflict in Syria, and yet we are no closer to saving the lives of children,” she said. “Since my last briefing to the Council on children in Syria, scores have been killed, injured, tortured and forced to witness or to commit atrocities. If not for these children, then for whom will this council act?”

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Boys formerly associated with armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo learn how to paint in a centre for transit and orientation.

The latest report on children and armed conflict reviews developments over the past year in 21 conflict-hit countries – countries in which children have been killed, maimed, tortured, sexually assaulted,  used as suicide bombers, human shields, cooks and porters. Fifty-five armed forces and groups have been named and shamed for committing grave violations against children, including in Mali, where children were recruited by all armed groups active in the North.

“The evolving nature and tactics of armed conflict have created unprecedented threats for children. The absence of clear frontlines and identifiable opponents and the increasing use of terror tactics have made children more vulnerable,” said Ms. Zerrougui.

Alarming trends

The United Nations report highlights new areas of concern, such as the impact of drones on children, children’s detention for alleged association with armed groups and the use of improvised explosive devices in populated areas. “Armed conflicts frequently occur in urban settings when explosive weapons such as artillery, mortars, rockets, improvised explosive devices and aircraft bombs are used in these areas – they kill or injure large numbers of children. These attacks not only have a long-term emotional and psychological impact on children, they also destroy vital infrastructure like roads and power supply,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt told the Security Council.

Last year, targeted attacks against schools and education personnel were reported from Afghanistan, Mali and the Syrian Arab Republic, among others.  In several countries, schools were used as military barracks, weapons storage facilities, command centres, detention sites and firing positions.

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Held here by his father, Adnan, 4, was badly burned in a rocket attack in the Syrian Arab Republic. The family live in abject poverty in a makeshift encampment for Syrian refugees, in Akkar region, Lebanon.

“UNICEF is deeply concerned by this,” said Ms. Brandt. “It poses great risk to children and educators, it robs children of the opportunity to learn and it violates the right to education…We must preserve schools as places of learning and safe havens for children.

“We are encouraged by the leadership of countries like the Philippines that have restricted the use of schools by its armed forces and continues to strengthen its laws and guidelines,” she said.

Commitments don’t save lives – actions do

Despite the growing challenges, the Secretary-General’s report states that there was marked progress in releasing thousands of children from armed groups in countries including the Democratic Republic of  the Congo, Myanmar and the Sudan. More and more governments were brought into the fold with negotiations and action plans to prevent children from being recruited into armed forces.

UNICEF Chief of the Child Protection Division Susan Bissell explains that the protection of children as a sector is relatively new, and the international community made the effects of armed conflict on children a priority only in 2005. “We have two cases of warlords that are discussed in the report that went to the International Criminal Court, and justice was served. So, we have come a long way…and we are setting international precedent here,” she says. “Even in the face of tremendous destruction and changing nature of conflict, we are able to do something to protect children.”

Back at the Security Council, amid talk of action plans, international child rights, task forces and persistent perpetrators, Ms. Brandt made a call to Member States. “Action plans are critical to commit parties in conflict, to halt the violation of children’s rights,” she said. “My call today is that these plans be fully implemented…because commitments don’t save children’s lives – concrete actions do.”

Updated: 21 June 2013
thanks to: UNICEF


La Commissione delle Nazioni Unite per i diritti umani del bambino ha denunciato che i minori palestinesi vengono torturati e usati come scudi umani da Israele. Inoltre ai bambini rapiti dalle forze israeliane nella Striscia di Gaza e in Cisgiordania nella guerra del 1967 viene negata la registrazione dell’atto di nascita e l’accesso al sistema sanitario o a scuole decenti, denunciano i 18 esperti indipendenti che fanno parte della Commissione Onu il cui incarico è quello di monitorare il rispetto della Convenzione dei diritti del fanciullo da parte di quei governi che l’hanno ratificata. In un periodo analizzato di 10 anni, è stato stimato che settemila bambini tra i 12 e i 17 anni, ma alcuni anche di nove, sono stati arrestati, interrogati e detenuti. Alcuni in isolamento per mesi.

Profonda preoccupazione è stata espressa per il ”continuo uso dei bambini palestinesi come scudi umani o informatori”, sottolineando che 14 casi sono stati riportati solo tra gennaio 2010 e marzo 2013. I soldati israeliani usano poi i bambini palestinesi per entrare in edifici potenzialmente pericolosi e li mettono davanti ai carri armati per evitare il lancio di pietre, afferma la Commissione Onu. ”Quasi tutti quelli che hanno usato i bambini come scudi umani e informatori sono rimasti impuniti e i soldati accusati di aver costretto un bambino di nove anni a ispezionare borse sospettate di contenere materiale esplosivo a un posto di blocco hanno ricevuto solo una sentenza di sospensione dall’incarico di tre mesi e poi sono stati reintegrati”, afferma il testo.

”I bambini palestinesi arrestati dalla polizia e dall’esercito (israeliani, ndr) sono soggetti in modo sistematico a trattamenti umilianti e spesso a torture, vengono interrogati in ebraico, lingua che non comprendono, e firmano confessioni in ebraico per essere rilasciati”, si legge nel rapporto rilasciato dalla Commissione. Il testo denuncia quindi come i bambini palestinesi vengano spesso arrestati per il lancio di pietre, reato che puo’ costare anche 20 anni di carcere. E spesso i soldati israeliani arrestano in modo arbitrario. ”Centinaia di bambini palestinesi sono stati uccisi e migliaia sono stati torturati nelle operazioni militari condotti dallo Stato (ebraico, ndr) soprattitto a Gaza dove sono stati condotti raid aerei e navali su zone densamente popolate e con una notevole presenza di bambini, il che va contro i principi di proporzionalita’ e distinzione”, si legge nel documento. Inoltre ”l’occupazione illegale” da parte di Israele del territorio palestinese e delle Alture del Golan in Siria, la continua espansione ”fuorilegge” degli insediamenti ebraici in Cisgiordania , la confisca di terre e la distruzione di casa ”rappresenta una grave e continua violazione dei diritti dei bambini palestinesi e delle loro famiglie”.

(Fonte: Brt/AKI)

Israele tortura bambini palestinesi

‘Usati anche come scudi umani’.

(ANSAmed) – ROMA – Rapporto shock del Comitato dell’Onu per la difesa dei diritti dei bambini, che accusa la polizia e l’esercito di Israele di violenze sistematiche contro i bambini palestinesi, in taluni casi “torturati e usati come scudi umani”.

Un dossier Unicef del marzo scorso parlava di “maltrattamenti, diffusi, sistematici e istituzionalizzati” ai danni dei minori palestinesi (tra i 12 e i 17 anni) detenuti nel sistema militare israeliano. In dieci anni, aveva denunciato l’Unicef, sono stati arrestati circa 7.000 minori, una “media di due ogni giorno”. Il rapporto del Comitato Onu, che dettaglia gli stessi numeri, torna a denunciare “arresti nel corso della notte, detenzioni in isolamento che durano mesi”. Ai minori, fermati con l’accusa di aver lanciato pietre contro i soldati, “vengono legate le mani, bendati gli occhi e vengono trasferiti in luoghi sconosciuti a genitori e parenti”. Le accuse “vengono lette in ebraico, una lingua che evidentemente non conoscono, e vengono loro fatte firmare confessioni scritte anchéesse in ebraico”, recita il rapporto degli esperti del Comitato Onu. In generale, i minori che vivono “nei territori occupati da Israele subiscono sistematiche violenze fisiche, verbali e anche sessuali. Sono sottoposti a umiliazioni, minacce. Una volta arrestati si nega loro l’acqua, il cibo, l’igiene”.

Crimini “che vengono commessi al momento dell’arresto, del trasferimento, dell’interrogatorio, e anche nel corso dei processi a loro carico”, stima ancora il rapporto citando “le testimonianze dei soldati israeliani”. I militari “usano i ragazzini come scudi per entrare in edifici potenzialmente pericolosi” e la “quasi totalità dei casi in cui i bambini sono stati utilizzati come scudi umani e informatori sono rimasti impuniti. E i soldati accusati di aver fatto aprire a un bimbo di nove anni una valigia che sospettavano contenesse esplosivo hanno solo ricevuto una sospensione di tre mesi e il degrado”, denuncia ancora il rapporto.

Secondo la stima Unicef, fino all’aprile scorso, 236 minori palestinesi, 44 dei quali con meno di 16 anni, si trovavano nei centri di detenzione militare. Il Comitato Onu denuncia poi la discriminazione non solo ai danni dei bambini palestinesi, ma in generale di quelli beduini, arabi ed etiopi, e “l’assenza di cooperazione delle autorità israeliane” per quello che concerne i diritti dei minori palestinesi.


Onu: bambini palestinesi torturati, usati come scudi da parte di Israele

Il Comitato dei diritti umani delle Nazioni Unite ha accusato le forze israeliane  di maltrattare i bambini palestinesi torturando quelli in custodia e utilizzandoli alcuni come scudi umani.
Ai bambini  palestinesi  a  Gaza e in Cisgiordania  viene  costantemente negata la registrazione della loro nascita e l’accesso alle cure sanitarie, a  scuole decenti e all’ acqua pulita.
I bambini palestinesi arrestati dai  militari e dalla polizia israeliana sono sistematicamente soggetti a trattamenti degradanti  e spesso torturati, vengono interrogati in ebraico, una lingua che non capiscono  e firmano confessioni in ebraico al fine di essere rilasciati.

La relazione del Comitato delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti del fanciullo ha riconosciuto le preoccupazioni per la sicurezza nazionale di Israele e ha evidenziato   che i bambini di  entrambi i lati del conflitto continuano ad essere uccisi e feriti, ma che più vittime sono tra i  palestinesi.
Ha deplorato il  “persistente rifiuto” di Israele di rispondere alle richieste di informazioni sui bambini nei territori palestinesi e le alture del Golan dopo l’ultima revisione nel 2002.

“Centinaia di bambini palestinesi sono stati uccisi e migliaia feriti  a seguito delle operazioni militari , israeliane in particolare a Gaza, dove sono state attuati attacchi navali  e arei in zone densamente popolate con una significativa presenza di bambini, trascurando in tal modo i principi di proporzionalità “.
Durante questi 10 anni si stima che 7.000 bambini palestinesi di età compresa tra i 12 ei 17, ma alcuni di appena nove anni  siano  stati arrestati, interrogati e detenuti.

Molti sono stati condotti con catene alle gambe davanti a tribunali militari, mentre i giovani sono tenuti in isolamento  a volte per mesi. Il Comitato ha espresso profonda preoccupazione per “l’uso continuo di  bambini palestinesi come scudi umani e informatori : 14 casi sono  stati segnalati tra gennaio 2010 e marzo 2013 .
I soldati israeliani hanno costretto  i bambini palestinesi ad entrare in  edifici potenzialmente pericolosi  prima di loro o  di stare di fronte a veicoli militari per scoraggiare sassaiole.
«Quasi tutti coloro che utilizzano i bambini come scudi umani e informatori sono rimasti impuniti.  I soldati condannati per aver costretto con le armi un bambino di nove anni a  cercare borse sospettate  di contenere esplosivi,hanno  ricevuto soltanto la sospensione della pena di tre mesi e sono stati retrocessi”.L’occupazione abusiva di lunga data di Israele nei territori palestinesi e nella Siria Golan,  l’espansione degli insediamenti ebraici “illeciti “, la costruzione del Muro in Cisgiordania, la confisca delle terre e la distruzione di case e mezzi di sostentamento “costituiscono gravi e continue violazioni dei i diritti dei bambini palestinesi e delle loro famiglie “.

Nel mese di marzo Palmor, il portavoce del ministero degli Esteri israeliano, aveva dichiarato  che  i funzionari del ministero e l’esercito avrebbero   collaborato con l’UNICEF con l’obiettivo di migliorare il trattamento dei minori palestinesi in custodia. ”Israele studierà le conclusioni e si adopererà per la loro attuazione attraverso la cooperazione con  l’UNICEF,  di cui riconosciamo il valore e rispettiamo come organizzazione “


Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel: U.N

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA | Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:35pm EDT

(Reuters) – A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

“Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” it said in a report.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had responded to a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF in March on ill-treatment of Palestinian minors and questioned whether the U.N. committee’s investigation covered new ground.

“If someone simply wants to magnify their political bias and political bashing of Israel not based on a new report, on work on the ground, but simply recycling old stuff, there is no importance in that,” spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

Kirsten Sandberg, a Norwegian expert who chairs the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, said the report was based on facts, not on the political opinions of its members.

“We look at what violations of children’s rights are going on within Israeli jurisdiction,” she told Reuters.

She said Israel did not acknowledge that it had jurisdiction in the occupied territories, but the committee believed it does, meaning it has a responsibility to comply with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report by its 18 independent experts acknowledged Israel’s national security concerns and noted that children on both sides of the conflict continue to be killed and wounded, but that more casualties are Palestinian.

Most Palestinian children arrested are accused of throwing stones, which can carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, the committee said.

The watchdog examined Israel’s record of compliance with the children’s rights convention as part of its regular review of the pact from 1990 signed by 193 countries, including Israel. An Israeli delegation attended the session.

The U.N. committee regretted what it called Israel’s persistent refusal to respond to requests for information on children in the Palestinian territories and occupied Syrian Golan Heights since the last review in 2002.


“Hundreds of Palestinian children have been killed and thousands injured over the reporting period as a result of (Israeli) military operations, especially in Gaza,” the report said.

Israel battled a Palestinian uprising during part of the 10-year period examined by the committee.

It withdrew its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, but still blockades it.

During the 10-year period, an estimated 7,000 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17, but some as young as nine, had been arrested, interrogated and detained, the U.N. report said.

Many are brought in leg chains and shackles before military courts, while youths are held in solitary confinement, sometimes for months, the report said.

It voiced deep concern at the “continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants”, saying 14 such cases had been reported between January 2010 and March 2013 alone.

Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian children to enter potentially dangerous buildings before them and to stand in front of military vehicles to deter stone-throwing, it said.

Almost all had remained unpunished or had received lenient sentences, according to the report.

Sandberg, asked about Israeli use of human shields, said: “It has been done more than they would recognize during the dialogue. They say if it happens it is sanctioned. We say it is not harsh enough.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Allyn Fisher-Ilan in Jerusalem; editing by Alistair Lyon and Raissa Kasolowsky)