Dignity, Belonging & Justice for Children and our World
As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This treaty helps children seek justice through the UN when their national legal system cannot provide a remedy for violations of their rights.
The CREATE curriculum is designed to provide health workers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with a general introduction to children’s rights and their application to day to day work practice.
The Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.
“Children do not belong in our army and I personally commit, on behalf of my Government, to fully implement all provisions of the Action Plan,” declared Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan’s Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Last week, I reported that nearly 70 per cent of British Columbians would like to see government financial support for kids in foster care extended to at least age 21, according to a survey by the Vancouver Foundation.
Financial support ends when a foster child turns 19, but they often don’t have family supports or access to other basic needs like housing or employment, said Kevin McCort, president and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. He said that as a result, they are more likely to drop out of school, have kids too early, become homeless or get in trouble with the law.
The Communist Party's central committee has responded to long-time calls to relax the one-child policy and to put an end to notorious labour camps.
Participants at the third plenum, which ended on Tuesday, agreed to gradually change and improve the birth policy, starting with allowing families where just one parent is a single child to have a second child.
The decisions were part of a raft of new measures mentioned in a resolution of the plenum released by Xinhua last night.
A report highlighting the growing epidemic of violence against children in conflict with the law, and presenting a non-violent vision of juvenile justice.
The CRC closed its 64th session in Geneva on 4 October and has since issued Concluding Observations to nine States. Click on the links below for the full text, as well as summaries of some of the key issues raised, including the CRC’s call on China to co-operate with civil society, its deep concerns around the arbitrary detention of girls deemed “at risk of perversity” in Kuwait, and children in solitary confinement in Luxembourg.