UNICEF urges protection of children amid violent clashes in Egypt
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||22 December 2011|
|Cite as||UN News Service, UNICEF urges protection of children amid violent clashes in Egypt, 22 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f0ae5aa2.html [accessed 20 June 2013]|
"In the last six days, the numbers of killed, injured and detained children have reached alarming levels," said Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 15 people have died and more than 800 were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo last week. Egyptian child rights orgaToo 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.nizations reported that at least two children died, tens were injured, and 69 were put in detention in the same period.
Mr. Duamelle called on authorities to protect children in accordance with Egyptian and international human rights law to prevent them from falling victim to violence or unnecessarily witnessing acts of violence.
"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," Mr. Duamelle said. "Such disregard for children's rights and safety must be condemned and must cease immediately."
Several UN officials have voiced their concern at the fresh round of violence in Cairo, where demonstrators have again taken to the streets in protests against the military government that assumed power earlier this year after the toppling of the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak.