2009 (26)
Dec 23 2009 6:05PM
Detained Nepalese child soldiers - promises, promises...
On 16 December the United Nations, the Nepalese Government and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) signed a plan which hopes to release 3,000 child soldiers who served in the Maoist army during the country’s decade-long ci...
Dec 20 2009 2:30PM
Shocking cruelty to toddler in Brazil
This is one of the most shocking thing I have seen in a long time: Reuters: Brazil needle victim recovers, outrage at cruelty This is an inhuman way to torture a 2 year-old . Please share this story and have a look at the 'witch childr...
Dec 18 2009 6:30PM
The Child Madonna & The Unheard Truth
It’s that time of year: nativity costumes, little angels playing Joseph and Mary, and (of course) ’tis also the season of giving and receiving. In my house my nearest and dearest invariably get books, and so I have some firm gift recom...
Dec 17 2009 11:34AM
Children on children's rights video
A little bit of light entertainment for you here, with this YouTube video filmed in a Danish school of children talking about children's rights. It's extremely touching and very funny. It was shown at the Amnesty International Children...
Dec 4 2009 1:31PM
Haiti's slave children - BBC audio slideshow
BBC Radio 4's Today Programme have published an audio slideshow about child slavery in Haiti, which you can see here . The report explains, with a series of photographs, how children in poverty come to be taken into slavery within the...
Nov 24 2009 11:53PM
Somalia to ratify to children's rights Convention (CRC)
Somalia has announced it plans to ratify a global treaty aimed atprotecting children, leaving the United States as the only countryoutside the pact, UNICEF said on Friday. The 20th of November 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the Conve...
Nov 17 2009 3:31AM
IDS Bulletin special on children free online
Just thought I'd share this – it is the January 2009 issue of the Institute for Development Studies Bulletin online and all content is free to view (great for those of us without access through university libraries, etc). I think it's...
Nov 16 2009 10:32AM
URGENT! Justice for street children petition
Please sign this when you have a minute: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Realising-Rights The petition is run by our colleagues at the Consortium for Street Children and focuses on violence against street children, in particular the v...
Oct 24 2009 2:21PM
The Goldstone Report - Israel, Gaza, and children
I was flicking through my copy of the Amnesty International Report 2009: The State of the World's Human Rights (it is very helpful; get your copy here ), and I started reading the entry for Israel and the OPT. If you have signed up to...
Oct 13 2009 8:16PM
Persecution of 'witch' children spreading, UN seminar concludes
The term 'witch hunt' conjures up images of an almost fabled and obsolete medieval practice, but it has long been clear that in many parts of the world such superstition and ritual abuse is still commonplace. Some of you may have seen...
Oct 13 2009 7:23PM
Count Every Child - why birth registration matters so much
On November 16, Plan International are hosting a one-day conference focusing on the necessity on registering children at birth. Read more here: http://plan-international.org/birthregistration/the-campaign/count-ever… . Two startling fa...
Sep 30 2009 2:49AM
USA: 2,500 children serving Life Without Parole (LWOP)
The USA is one of the more high-profile countries that still practices capital punishment. What is much less known, however, is their practice of sentencing minors to life without parole (LWOP). I haven't quite yet worked out how to em...
Sep 29 2009 8:30PM
The death penalty and children
A busy summer and were back into things for the autumn. Of course, a very special autumn it is, because in November we'll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child! Hurrah! It is because of this a...
Jun 18 2009 6:39PM
AIUK Children's HR Network Committee
As several members of the CHRN Committee find difficulty getting to meetings, especially those some distance from London, I thought it would be helpful if we used the blog system to input ideas and make comments. It allows other member...
Jun 18 2009 4:35PM
UN Concern over the Haiti 'Restavek' System
The UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, expressed deep concern last week over the highly exploitative nature of the 'restavek' system in Haiti, which she considered to be a modern form of slavery....
Jun 18 2009 2:06PM
UN Proposed Guidelines on Alternative Care for Children
In 2004 the UN CRC Committee asked for Guidelies on state alternative care for children without parental care. These have been under drafting for a long time and have now been completed – 172 paragraphs stressing the state's obligation...
Jun 4 2009 3:28AM
'No Place for Children' campaign wins Amnesty Media Award '09
Really good to see this – http://www.newstatesman.com/subjects/no-place-for-children – commended by the Amnesty media awards! See the rest of the awards here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18227 Another example of...
May 27 2009 10:28PM
Amnesty toolbar - get to children's rights news instantly
I've just noticed that if you download the Amnesty toolbar (which is really easy and takes a couple of seconds), there is a drop-down menu that says 'Amnesty news', from which you can select 'Children's human rights', taking you to a l...
May 27 2009 9:51PM
Spanish children's rights teaching resource
PIlar from the Spanish section has sent us the following. A great resource for Spanish-speaking children's rights activists! "I would like to share with you a new web that the Team working on Education on Human Rights has put together....
May 20 2009 2:17PM
Italy, Spain, New Zealand and UK - a global children's rights movement for AI
This year at the AGM (as you may well already know), the UK Section passed a resolution calling for the UK delegation to this year's ICM in Turkey to urge the international movement to give priority to children's rights in the 2011-201...
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