In 2013, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is scheduled to review Israel’s compliance with the 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child for the first time since 2009. The committee will review the Israeli government’s report on the status of children in territories under its jurisdiction (not yet publicly available). In June, the committee received an additional “alternative report” from the Palestine Section of Defense for Children International, which summarizes Israeli authorities’ documented abuses of children’s rights in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip from 2002 to 2012. The report reviews instances in which Israeli forces killed, injured, detained, or recruited children. It also documents instances in which Israeli citizens living in the West Bank harmed Palestinian children.
Among other statistics, the report reveals that:
- The number of Palestinian children held in Israeli detention has declined significantly over the past four years, from an average of 355 child prisoners a month (2009) to 196 a month (January through April 2012).
- The number of unarmed Palestinian children killed by Israeli fire (the vast majority in the Gaza Strip) peaked in 2009 with 315 deaths, largely in Operation Cast Lead. Since that year, the number of fatalities has declined significantly, with 15 deaths in 2011 and four in the first four months of 2012.
- The number of Palestinian children recruited as informants for Israeli authorities has increased since 2006, with four documented instances in the first four months of 2012.
The report also includes a series of testimonies and an extensive bibliography of sources about children’s rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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