On Monday, 10 September 2018, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights submitted a request to the Attorney General in Gaza demanding that assaults on ordinary people be investigated and perpetuators be brought to justice.
Al Mezan’s documentation shows that at 9:30pm on Wednesday, 15 August 2018, A.A., 12, was beaten by three people. The child was assaulted while in front of a mosque in Beit Lahia city in northwest North Gaza district after the three assailants had closed the mosque.
On Monday, 20 August 2018, in a separate incident, another 13-year old child, A.A., was beaten by people inside of a mosque in east Khan Younis district.
Al Mezan demands that competent authorities honor their legal obligations and take prompt actions to protect victims of human rights violations, including through bringing to justice perpetuators—especially those unaffiliated with law enforcement bodies.
In its request, Al Mezan called for ensuring that legal procedures taken by law enforcement personnel in investigating assaults inside mosques be in line with the provisions of Penal Code No. 3 of 2001, particularly Articles 22, 26, and 27, which elaborates on the duties of law enforcement personnel.
Al Mezan stresses its position that in enforcing the law, any legal proceedings about these assaults must be implemented with full respect of rights of the involved children—as mandated in Article 4 of the Palestinian Law No. 4 Concerning the Children. The first paragraph of Article 42 of the Law provides that children must be protected against any form of violence or physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. These provisions must be respected as part of Palestine’s loyal membership to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.