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Sons of Violence – Palestinian Children

Violations of Children’s Rights Under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas

This report examines the degree to which the Palestinian governing authorities in the West Bank and Gaza adhere to United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). With a population of 4,550,368 people in 2014 9 and 47.5% being under the age of 18 in mid-2013,10 the West Bank and Gaza have one of the youngest populations in the Middle East. According to both the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the World Bank, 40% of the population was under 15 11 and 30% aged between 15 and 29 in 2014. 12 In 2013, 70% of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were under the age of 24. The implementation of the CRC in the Palestinian territories thus takes on even greater importance. The foremost current violations of children’s rights in the West Bank and Gaza as detailed in this report suggest that neither the PA nor Hamas intended to fulfill their international promises.

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