Mr. Richard Falk
Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights on Palestinian territories
occupied since 1967
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Re: Israel: Immediately release 220 Palestinian child prisoners
Dear Mr. Richard Falk,
I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com.
I came to know about the situations from Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and Islamic Human Rights Commission regarding the alarming situations.
I am deeply concerned over the imprisonment of Palestinian Children by Israeli authorities.
Israel currently holds 220 Palestinian children in its dungeons. The delegation of British lawyers on the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, which the FCO commissioned, published a report in June 2012 which concludes that Israel is in breach of articles 2, 3, 37(b), 37(c), and 37(d) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The manner of arrest and detention of children amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment which is prohibited in article 37(a) of the UNCRC, and its routine holding of children in solitary confinement for substantial periods of time amounts to torture.
This is inhumane and disgraceful. Why have you not demanded the release of all Palestinian child prisoners who are being held illegally? The Israelis cannot continue with these actions, and you must ensure that they are stopped. You cannot continue to be complicit in the climate of fear and oppression in Israel. The government has a moral duty to sanction Israel to release all the children who have been held illegally in Israeli jails.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this urgent matter.
William Nicholas Gomes
Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com