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CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY PETITION
In support of Palestine’s children
|Petition closes: Christmas Day December 25, 2021, at 11:28 a.m. (EDT)
Sponsored by: Salma Zahid, Scarborough Centre, Liberal Caucus and Chair of the Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group
WHO CAN SIGN: all residents of Canada
Previous to the 2021 Fall Election, MP Zahid sponsored E-3312 which almost 5,000 people signed. When the election was called, the government did not response.Thus, MP Zahid had sponsored E-3608 so it can be responded to by the Liberal government.
Currently, E-3312 which closes in just over a week has about 1500 signatures.
Let’s get that number up closer to the original response back in the spring.
There is even more reason to show the Liberal government that we are calling for accountability, especially given the responses from Minister Joly, and our Canadian diplomats in Ramallah and Tel Aviv over the last few days. Including:
Canadian diplomat gets caught lying about Israel arms salesby Ali Abunimah in the Electronic Intifada, Dec. 15, 2021
Global Affairs Minister Joly’s statement in Parliament on December 7, 2021 in regard to UNRWA funding and the Israeli designation of the six human rights orgnization. Let’s make our voices heard.
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|The Petition to the Government of Canada reads
The protection of the rights of children around the world is a priority of the Canadian government;
As signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel has an obligation to 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 2019 report on children and armed conflict on June 20, 2019, 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 automatically and systematically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections;
For over 30 years, Al-Haq, Defense for Children International Palestine and other human rights groups have investigated, documented, and exposed human rights violations against children; and
Under Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, all high signatories, of which Canada is one, are required to take actions to ensure that violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention do not occur under any circumstance.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to call for an urgent study by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to review Israel’s treatment of children in Israeli occupied Palestine and compliance with its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Read more. 2021 has been the deadliest year for children in Palestine since 2014, from Defence for Children International-Palestine(DCIP).