WFTU trade union International Public Service & Allied Solidarity statement in support of Palestine children in Israeli jails

“Workers of the world unite you have nothing to lose but your chains”

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Trade Union International Public Services and Allied (TUI PS & A) joins millions of workers around the world and the people of Palestine in demanding the freedom of Palestine children jailed in Israeli prisons by the Israeli government.

The incarceration of Palestine Children by Israel is against the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Children as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the 20 November 1989 and widely acclaimed as a landmark achievement for human rights, recognizing the roles of children as social, economic, political, civil and cultural actors.

The Convention guarantees and sets minimum standards for protecting the rights of children in all capacities. The convention also criminalizes “all forms of repression and cruel and inhuman treatment of women and children, including imprisonment, torture, shooting, mass arrests, collective punishment, destruction of dwellings and forcible eviction, committed by belligerents in the course of military operations or in occupied territories”.

The WFTU-TUI-PS&A views the imprisonment of children amidst the global coronavirus pandemic as the most cruel and inhumane act by the Israeli government. These children have been denied their rights as stated in the UN convention.

We, therefore, call upon all our members and friends around the world to support the WFTU campaign to free the Palestinian children from Israeli prisons with immediate effect.

Issued by Zola Saphetha, the General Secretary TUI-PS&A

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