Ministry of Education calls for protection of Palestinian minors on Children’s Day


Children playing in the besieged Gaza Strip

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Education called on all human rights organizations to protect Palestinian children from Israeli violations on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on Sunday.In a statement, the ministry reiterated its determination to defend all children and to guarantee their access to educational institutions without facing any dangers or threats.The ministry also condemned the sentencing by an Israeli court of Palestinian minor Ahmad Manasra to 12 years in prison.The ministry said that it would launch a campaign to pressure Israel to release all Palestinian children from Israeli prisons and provide them with protection, safety and education.According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 400 Palestinian minors were detained by Israel as of October, many of whom the group said were beaten, threatened, sexually assaulted, and placed in solitary confinement during their interrogation and detention.The ministry added that Israeli procedures against Palestinian children were clear violations of international law, and demanded that the international community uphold its political, moral and legal responsibilities toward Palestinian children and form an urgent committee to investigate Israel’s field executions of Palestinian children.According to Ma’an documentation, 61 Palestinian minors have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015.The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Sunday that minors represent 45.8 percent of the population in the occupied Palestinian territory.

(Source / 20.11.2016)


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