UN Report Sparks Tensions Over Children's Rights Violations in Israel-Hamas Conflict

The UN Secretary-General is set to inform the Security Council that both Israel and Hamas are violating children's rights in their ongoing conflict. Israel is expected to join the annual list of states and militias that menace and threaten children, highlighting the global and political implications of these actions.

PTI | United Nations | Updated: 08-06-2024 11:28 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 11:28 IST
UN Report Sparks Tensions Over Children's Rights Violations in Israel-Hamas Conflict
UN Secretary-General

Next week, the UN Secretary-General will address the Security Council, asserting that Israel and Hamas are both infringing upon children's rights amidst their conflict. This annual declaration typically identifies states and militias that jeopardize children, with entities ranging from Myanmar's Kachin Independence Army to, most recently, Russia amid its Ukraine aggression.

Adding Israel to this list will likely intensify international scrutiny on its wartime conduct in Gaza, straining its already tense relations with the UN. Historically, even significant allegations, such as those against Russian forces for attacks on civilians and infrastructure, have not prompted Security Council action, largely due to geopolitical complexities and veto powers.

Israel's inclusion marks a pivotal moment, spotlighting the severe impact of ongoing hostilities on vulnerable populations. The UN report details various abuses against children, including killings, sexual violence, and attacks on schools and hospitals. Israeli representatives condemned the decision, expressing fears it might embolden Hamas, while Palestinian officials viewed it as a long-overdue acknowledgment of their suffering.

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