UA: Extrajudicial Killings

URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA P 04 / 06.

5 October 2006

NAME: Anwar Abdel Ghani Hamdan (16) and his brother Hammam (13)

VIOLATIONS: Extrajudicial Killings

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please copy the letter below or write in your own words and send to:

Mrs RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict srsgcaac@un.org

AND Cc: (simply copy all addresses together and paste into Cc). adamos.adamou@europarl.europa.eu

OPTIONAL: PLEASE ALSO SEND APPEALS TO: Diplomatic Representatives of ISRAEL in your country. Link to ISRAEL Embassies worldwide

http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Israel/Israel1.html

The Foreign Minister of your country  – WORLD-WIDE Governments:

http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub/resource/internat/foreign.html

Please cut and paste and send this appeal to your mailing lists

Mrs RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict srsgcaac@un.org

Dear SRSG Coomarsaswamy,

I wish to express serious concern over the escalating use of force by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) which has committed a new war crime in the Gaza Strip resulting in the death of 2 Palestinian children.

On Friday, 29 September 2006, IOF deployed inside the Gaza Strip near Nahal Oz checkpoint, east of Gaza City, fired, without any justification, a surface-to-surface rocket at two children, Anwar Abdel Ghani Hamdan (16) and his brother Hammam (13), residents of the town of Jabalia,  riding their bicycles near El-Shawwa Gas Station on Salah El-Deen Road west of Beit Lahia. The two children, suffered a direct hit, and their bodies were dismembered.

Since September 2005, 504 Palestinians, including 398 civilians (79%) have killed by IOF. The number of civilian victims includes 93 children (23%) and 14 women (3.5%).

I call on you to

* immediately establish a field office and Child Protection Advisors to ensure the protection of the rights and lives  of Palestinian children according to the Convention of the Child and pertinent Security Council Resolutions.

To demand that Israeli authorities

* ensure that crimes against women and children are not committed under any circumstances and the violation of the rights of women and children will not be tolerated.
* create effective systems to ensure security personnel are held criminally accountable for human rights violations committed by them. The definition of those responsible should include those who may have given orders as well as those who carried out actions.

Yours sincerely

Copies sent to:

Mr ADAMOS ADAMOU, Chairman, EU Delegation for the relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council   adamos.adamou@europarl.europa.eu

JUSTICE For PALESTINE MATTERS

(Australia)

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