Oct 14, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm    |    Furman 212, 245 Sullivan Street, New Yo

 CHRGJ and LSHR’s “Human Rights Defenders Series” Presents:

“Expanding the Movement:

Demanding Respect and Protection of Palestinian Children’s Rights”


When: Monday, October 14, 2013, 5:30-7:00pm

Where: Furman Hall 212 (245 Sullivan street)

Wine and snacks will be served. A valid ID is required for entrance to the building.

Please join LSHR and CHRGJ in a panel discussion with representatives from Defense for Children International Palestine as they discuss their attempts to respond to violence against children by Israeli soldiers and settlers; widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; impunity for violations against Palestinian children; and the disparity between legal protections provided to Palestinian children under Israeli military law and those provided to Israeli children under Israeli civilian law.


Rifat Kassis is executive director of Defense for Children International Palestine, and a co-founding member of the organization in 1991. He served as president of Defence for Children International’s Executive Council for seven years, until March 2012; and he is currently the general commissioner of DCI’s regional program in the Arab world. Kassis worked as the director of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel at the World Council of Churches. He also co-founded the Alternative Tourism Group, a Palestinian non-profit specializing in tours and pilgrimages, and the Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative, a network that focuses on building a social movement to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan Heights.

Brad Parker is international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine. He leads DCI-Palestine’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

Ivan Karakashian is advocacy unit coordinator at Defense for Children International Palestine. He leads DCI-Palestine’s advocacy and communications to raise awareness of grave violations against Palestinian children in an effort to challenge impunity and grow a movement demanding respect and protection of Palestinian children’s rights. An expert in Middle East issues, he has accumulated 10 years of experience reporting, writing and editing news about the region. He holds law degree from the University of Nottingham and studied at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he concentrated in magazine writing.

Brief Overview of DCI-Palestine:

Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine), an independent child rights organization, is dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For over 20 years, we have investigated, documented and pursued accountability for grave human rights violations against children; held Israeli and Palestinian authorities accountable to universal human rights principles; advocated at the international and national levels to advance access to justice and protections for children; and provided direct legal aid to children in distress.

Please join the LSHR and CHRGJ as we network and engage with individuals from DCI-Palestine in an effort to expand the movement demanding respect and protection of Palestinian children’s rights.

Please contact tsion.gurmu@law.nyu.edu with any questions regarding this event


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