Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Ramírez denounced the imprisonment of over 400 Palestinian children in Israeli facilities


Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, denounced to the UN Security Council the imprisonment of over 400 Palestinian children in Israeli facilities.
“According to figures published by UNICEF, 22 children were killed by Israel in the first quarter of 2016. Moreover, more than 400 Palestinian children have been deprived of their freedom illegally, still unrecognized as minors and further subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”
At his intervention during an open debate of the Security Council, the Venezuelan diplomat questioned the double standards of this multilateral forum in this regard, which “undermines the international efforts in favor of child protection and is an immoral contradiction and wholly unethical” he affirmed.
Ramírez referred to the silence of some countries when justice is demanded to address the atrocities to which hundreds of Palestinian children are submitted to by Israeli forces.
“We note with concern and shame how some countries are called to accountability for violations against children in armed conflict, and yet in response to calls for accountability for crimes and violations committed against Palestinian children by Israel a terrible silence remains.”
This debate had the participation of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, Mr. Anthony Lake.
Ramírez stressed that the UN currently faces three important challenges to comply with the responsibility to protect children in conflict situations, among which the moral and ethical imperative, terrorism and violent extremism, and lastly the approach to the root causes of conflicts.
“Venezuela reiterates that the protection of children affected by armed conflict must be a fundamental priority for all States Members of the Organization, as well as for the entire United Nations system, in all stages of the conflict. Under that premise, we are committed to continuing providing our unwavering support to the efforts in line with international law and protect children as an inescapable ethical commitment”, he said.