OPT: Motion tabled in UK parliament to release Palestinian child prisoners

Summary: On 18 October 2011, an Early Day Motion was tabled in the UK House of Commons in support of UNICEF's appeal to the Israeli government to release all 164 Palestinian child detainees from Israeli military detention.

The Early Day Motion was signed by 25 members of the House of Commons. The full statement of the motion is presented below:

"That this House welcomes the prisoner exchange which has led to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 477 Palestinian prisoners with a further 550 to be released in the next two months; notes, however, that the list of prisoners released in the first stage on 18 October 2011 does not include any children; further notes that according to figures released by the Israeli Prison Service and Defence of Children International-Palestine, at the end of September 2011 there were 164 Palestinian children (12 to 17 years) detained by Israel, including 35 between the ages of 12and 15 years; and that Israel's treatment of Palestinian child prisoners has raised serious concerns under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and therefore calls on the Government and the international community to support the appeal by UNICEF for the Israeli government to release all Palestinian child detainees so that they can be reunited with their families."

The National Union of Teachers also added their voice to the campaign for the release of child prisoners.The NUT's appeal to members follows appeals made by UNICEF and members of the European and UK parliaments.

Further Information:

pdf: http://www.dci-palestine.org/documents/motion-uk-parliament-calls-releas...

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