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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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Alternatives to Immigration Detention Needed

As issues of asylum seekers and migration increasingly become a global concern an international panel has agreed that detention of children is not justified and that alternatives must be sought. While the UN General Assembly discussed International Migration and Development in New York earlier this month, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, […]

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The Best Interest of the Child – Australia’s Challenge

Afghan refugee children Photo UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The Committee on the Rights on the Child held its 60th session in Geneva May 20 – June 15.  The Australia Government reported against the Convention on the Rights of the Child on June 4 & 5 and was open to question by the Committee.  Edmund Rice International […]

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Finding Voice in the Corridors of Power

Photo shows an Afghan family in a UN refugee camp. UN Photo/Luke Powell On June 4th & 5th the 60th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child was held at the Palais Wilson in Geneva where Australia gave its 4th Periodic Report and was questioned by members of the Committee on their […]

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Indian Children Press for Children’s Rights in Geneva

 Anne-Tamara Lorre from the Canadian Permanent Mission with members of the children’s delegation from India. Also pictured are (at back l-r) Br Steve Rocha, Aditya Garg and Vijay Kumar. In front Rikida Shadap (l) and Ridahun Khriam (sign language translator for Rikida) Rikada is a 16 year-old girl from a rural tribal area in north-east […]

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Global Campaign Launched to End Children in Immigration Detention

To listen to a series of sad-eyed social scientists list the cruel and degrading treatment of children held in detention centres is a harrowing way to spend two hours in Geneva. To know that Australia still has 528 children in detention centres, simply because they are seeking refuge there, adds immensely to the pain experienced. […]

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ERI Supports Call to Address Violence Against Albino Children

ERI has leant its support to a written submission by Franciscans International (FI) to the Human Rights Council on the plight of albino children in Tanzania. Albinism is a genetic disorder characterized by lack of melanin pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. Albinos make up about one in 4,000 people in South Africa and […]

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Day of the Child Worker in Bolivia

Most nations have laws that prohibit child labour. Yet throughout the world, children in large numbers can be seen toiling in sweatshops, hauling concrete, tilling fields, plucking garbage or peddling shoes. Some children work for as little as six cents a day, sometimes less, according to the International Labour Office. Photo: A Bolivian boy wanders […]

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Students Protest at Misuse of Funds

The following is taken from a longer article written by Durgesh Kumar Atwal, a student at St Johns Christian Brothers College in Chandigarh, India A couple of days ago, about 400 children gathered at the Central Plaza of sector 17 Chandigarh for an unusual activity. It was one that I wouldn’t normally associate with traditional […]

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Group of Children Makes a Submission as part of UPR

Children from Lebanon, through an initiative of the non-governmental organisation World Vision, came together in order to write and submit a submission to the Human Rights Council as part of the review of Lebanon, held on 10 November 2010. This was the first time that children have directly participated in the UPR process. The report […]

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