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Minors May Fight Deportation, Too

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Rohan was born in Israel to a Filipina mother. He lived here all his life, was a student in the Israeli school system and saw himself as an Israeli in every way. When he was 13 he was deported from Israel solely because his mother was living here without a permit. With this expulsion the government violated both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which it signed in 1991, and Israeli law.

The UN convention defends the human dignity of the child. It recognizes the child as a person unto himself, with opinions, desires, feelings, needs, a feeling of identity and interests that aren’t necessary identical to those of his parents. Inter alia, the convention imposes an obligation to hear the child out and take his welfare into account first and foremost in any administrative or legal procedure that could harm him.

Israeli law also imposes on the authorities the obligation to hear any person – and a child is a person – before making any decision that may harm them. But Rohan was held in custody and........

© Haaretz