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School Dropout Rates in Ireland Again in the Spotlight

The recent publication of the results of the Leaving Certificate examinations in Ireland prompts a reflection from Rachel Lucy from the Cork Life Centre. The Cork Life Centre is a voluntary organisation, which continues to receive support from the Christian Brothers, and which offers an alternative learning environment to marginalised young people. The Centre caters […]

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Ending Violence Against Children

The 2006 UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children revealed that globally children experienced a staggering level of violence, despite extensive international human rights obligations accepted by states. The study called for urgent action and presented clear recommendations as to how states and other actors ought respond. Despite some progress, approximately 1 billion children […]

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Children’s Rights in a Digital World

Nowadays, digital capital is a necessity to be a 21st century citizen. IRights is an initiative providing a framework designed for the protection and empowerment of children in the digital world. It contextualizes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is one of the United Nations human rights treaties […]

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Ending AIDS as a Public Health Threat: Faith-Based Organisations as Key Stakeholders

On 26th October, Caritas Internationalis hosted a meeting for all Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) and agencies that work with the issue of HIV/AIDS to address how we can play a part in the ending of AIDS as a public health threat. Monsignor Robert Vitillo hosted the event detailing the impact a number of FBOs have had […]

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Addressing Child Mortality

Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/child-mortality-report/en/ released by the UN and partner organisations on Sep 9th. Under-five deaths have dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. This is the first year the figure has […]

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Holy See Urges Greater Accessiblity and Affordability for Medicines and Diagnostic Testing

In a statement to the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Tomasi urged a ‘creative and innovative approach’ to intellectual property rights so that ‘the right to health for all people without any form of discrimination can be fully […]

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Indian Students Rally For Children’s Rights

  Five thousand children from various sections of Delhi joined representatives of 27 states and union territories who had gathered in the national capital for the culmination of the Global Action 2015 launch.  These children who were largely in their teens assembled at Jantar Mantar to seek the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals that […]

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Australian Edmund Rice Schools Unite to Protest Asylum Policy that Detains Children

Students from thirty Edmund Rice schools around Australia recently took part in a protest against the detention of hundreds of children as part of Australia’s harsh asylum seeker policy. The ‘detention for detention’ protest was co-ordinated by Edmund Rice Advocacy for Change  an umbrella group representing Edmund Rice Schools in Australia and supported by ERI. […]

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A Step Forward for Children’s Rights – UN Committee Now Able to Receive Complaints About Rights Violations

Children whose rights have been violated will soon be able to complain directly to Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) after Costa Rica became the 10th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure on the 14th January. Under UN rules the […]

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Defending the Right to be Heard

Earlier this year I felt the excitement, anxiety and anticipation that fills one at the prospect of the birth of a new family member.   William was born October 23rd amidst great relief and celebrations.   The whole family wanted to personally welcome its newest member into the fold.  The season of Advent /Christmas is upon us, […]

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