ICSPR: demands the authorities in Gaza Strip to ensure respecting the rights of delinquent children
The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights ICSPR followed with deep concern the arresting of the child Mustafa Faiq Abded Rabo Salman (16 years old) residents of Beit Lahiya, in the police station in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip for more than two months. He was held with adult detainees, resulting in death of the child clinically in the wake of his attempt to suicide within the center. Where the child transferred while he is in a clinical death, to the Indonesian hospital intensive care, around 4 p.m. on Saturday, 2 September 2017.
The director of the police station in Beit Lahiya provided a statement to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights; he confirmed that the child had gone to the toilet “bathroom” for washing, then he commit suicide by using parts of his clothing to hang himself in the bathroom of the police station, while the victim’s family indicated that the child Mustafa Salman complain of abuse in the detention center, and was extremely saddened not to spend Al-Eid with his family.
The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights ICSPR declares its solidarity with the child and his relatives, and rejects any justification for the detention of children in illegal places by the law, ICSPR demands the following:
ICSPR Calls the competent governmental authorities in Gaza Strip, to follow Article 24 of Palestinian Law No. 6 from 1998, which regulates that all juveniles are to be placed in special centers, and that it’s compulsory to put juveniles in their own centers, namely (Al-Rabee’ center )
ICSPR demands the general attorney in Gaza Strip to open a serious investigation of the circumstances of the incident, especially in light of the conflicting stories and the injuries in the body of the child, and to declare the results to the public.
ICSPR remember that the State of Palestine has been accede to a group of international conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on 20 November 1989, which oblige the local authorities to respect the best interest of the child.
ICSPR urges the family’s child to employ legal and judicial instruments in order to ensure their access to judicial and legal fairness and to enforce the local authorities to take action to ensure that such incidents do not recur under any justification.