Statement by Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, on the plight of children in demonstrations
CAIRO, 22 December 2011 – “UNICEF calls on the Egyptian authorities, the security forces and other parties involved in demonstrations and violence in Cairo to protect children”.
“Too often children are caught in the spiraling violence. Reports and first-hand testimony by children paint a graphic picture of how the latest confrontations affect them. In the last six days, the numbers of killed, injured and detained children have reached alarming levels”.
“According to the Ministry of Health and Population, a total of 15 people have died, and over 800 were injured in the past six days. Egyptian Child rights organizations report that at least two children were killed, tens injured, and that 69 were put in detention in the same period”.
“Such disregard for children’s rights and safety must be condemned and must cease immediately.”
“UNICEF urges the authorities and all other parties to respect fully the rights of children and protect them in accordance with Egyptian and international humanitarian and human rights law. They should not be victims of violence nor unnecessary witnesses to violence”.
“UNICEF also calls for prompt investigations of incidents resulting in the death or injury of children or their detention and for the provision of proper treatment and care to victims.”
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For further information, please contact:
Hala Abu Khatwa, Head of Communication Section, UNICEF Egypt.
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