8 October 2012 – The Egyptian Constituent Assembly should amend articles in the draft constitution that undermine human rights in post-Mubarak Egypt, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to members of the Constituent Assembly.

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The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure which was adopted at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will be open for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 February 2012 and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters.

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A two-day training geared towards exposing editors on child rights issues and the role of journalists in promoting and protecting child rights ended yesterday at The Gambia Press Union (GPU) Secretariat in Bakau. The synergy, organised by the GPU was funded by Save the Children and facilitated by the Child Protection Alliance (CPA). The interface does not only equip editors on child rights issues but also further enhanced their knowledge on reporting on children issues.

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The involvement of children in violence during ongoing clashes between protesters and police in Egypt should be addressed because it is against international norms, say child rights activists.

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Children attending the 7th Annual Children's Summit want the anti-child labour fight to be stepped up. The summit, which took place yesterday, provided a platform for children to discuss issues affecting them, and their role in the country's economic development.

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Supporters of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child have argued that the adoption of the communication or complaints procedure by States will close an important gap in the range of protection measures available to safeguard the rights of children. It offers children the same additional protection and opportunities to seek redress and remedies that are available to women, people with disabilities and migrants.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011 06:12

October 11 is Day of the Girl!

 

The United Nations has declared October 11 as ‘International Day of the Girl Child’, following an extensive campaign by Plan.

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Children will be empowered to complain about violations of their human rights to an international body after the adoption by the General Assembly on Monday of a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 06:45

UN Adopts Complaints Mechanism for Children

 

Today, in a landmark step for children’s rights, the UN General Assembly has adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints procedure for violations of children’s rights.

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A United Nations envoy dealing with children’s rights today hailed the decision of Member States to adopt a new protocol aimed at protecting children from abuse and violence.

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