Tag Archives: Rights of the Child

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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Tackling the Culture of Silence

A Culture of Silence, or the conspiracy of silence, is the idea of a situation or issue not coming to light due to the fear of an array of repercussions. In other words, people stay quiet about an issue instead of voicing their concerns because they are afraid of how they will be treated if […]

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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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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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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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Edmund Rice International Welcomes Nine is Mine to New York

Edmund Rice International welcomed Nine is Mine to New York from September 18- September 27, 2013. Eleven students and nine chaperones composed the delegation under the direction of Br. Steve Rocha of the Indian Province of Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. The group had traveled from India and was the guests of Edmund Rice International, Iona […]

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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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