April 2019: A federal election has been called in Australia for 18 May 2019, meaning there will be a change of government and ministers.
Thank you to the 322 people who participated in this campaign by sending their email to the Foreign Minister demanding an end to Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children.
Australian Campaign to
End Israel's Military Detention of Palestinian Children
In early 2018 the arrest and detention of 16-year-old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, has highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children - approximately 700 are brought before the Israeli military courts each year, and Palestinian children seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law.
The majority of these Palestinian child prisoners are transferred outside the Occupied Palestinian Territories and held in prisons inside Israel, an action which is prohibited under Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 8(2)(a)(vii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees.
In 2017 concerned parliamentarians in the UK and the USA introduced legislation urging an end to the widespread and systemic human rights violations suffered by Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.
UPDATE, 29 July 2018: Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, released from Israeli prison, Samidoun
UPDATE, 22 March 2018: Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teenager who slapped Israeli soldier, jailed for 8 months, ABC News
An Australian campaign
As Australia sits its three-year term (2018-2020) on the United Nations Human Rights Council, the world's peak human rights body, former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that "it is in our national interest to... uphold the international rules-based order."
This campaign urges the Australian Government be a good global citizen and to uphold its international obligations. We ask the Australian Foreign Minister to:
Publicly condemn the systemic violations of international human rights Conventions by the Government of Israel against Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.
Make immediate representations to the Government of Israel to end the unlawful military detention of Palestinian children.
Thank you for your support.
Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
Adelaide, South Australia | www.afopa.com.au
[Campaign closed: April 2019]
Image credits: Wisam Hashlamoun/APA Images, Saif Dahlah/AFP