Monday, 18 May 2015, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a
workshop titled "Protection of Children’s Rights in Armed Conflicts"
in the context of a project implemented by PCHR in cooperation with the Italian
Cooperation Association – Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS) on the
protection of children’s rights in armed conflicts. The workshop was held in
the office of the Cooperative Association of Strawberry Farmers in Beit Lahia town in the
north of the Gaza Strip. It was attended by 36 participants, including psychologists
and social workers, from a number of community-based organizations in the
southern and northern Gaza Strip.
Khalil Shaheen, Director of PCHR’s Economic and Social Rights Units, addressed
the international human rights system, including the Convention on the Rights
of the Child (CRC) and the international protection mechanisms for children.
Moreover, he tackled the reasons that resulted in the issuance of the
International Bill of Human Rights. Mr. Shaheen talked about CRC, the children’s
civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights, and the
international mechanisms offered by the Convention to establish respect and
protection for the rights of the child.
Earlier, PCHR organized a workshop for the
same group on 13 May 2015, on the international
human rights system, principles of the international humanitarian law and its relation
with the Islamic Sharia provisions. The workshop addressed the rules offered
jointly by the Islamic Sharia and the international human rights and
humanitarian laws, including human dignity, avoiding targeting civilians in
armed conflicts, prohibition of targeting civilian objects and respect for the
role of humanitarian service staffs such as paramedics and clergymen.