Knesset c'tee to UN: Kidnappers violate Israeli children's human rights

MK writes to Ban-Ki-Moon: "These are not fighters, they did not take part in combat. They are three young teens."

June 15, 2014 18:12
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UN building, Vienna. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Abducting young boys breaks the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, MK Orly Levy-Abecassis, chairwoman of the Knesset committee on the subject, wrote to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Sunday.

Levy-Abecassis demanded that the UN ensure the three boys who were kidnapped on Thursday are returned home safely.

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“The incident shows, among other things, how humanitarian rules were broken and the rights of children in Israel to live their lives safely were violated,” she wrote. “These are not fighters, they did not take part in combat. They are three young teens who were supposed to be studying for their Bagrut exams and spend time with their families.”

Levy-Abecassis said that she expects the UN to act according to its Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that all countries must act to prevent the abduction or sale of children in any way and for any reason.

“We and the whole world must remember that these are young boys and the UN is responsible for their well-being. They cannot stand aside while they could die despite being innocent,” she wrote.

As of press time, UNICEF did not make any statements about the abduction of the teenage boys.

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