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News in Brief 12 October 2022

  • Finland violated #HumanRights of Finnish children held in Syria 
  • New WHO framework to boost people-centric TB services 
  • Venezuelan refugees struggle to rebuild life in Latin America and the Caribbean  


Kailash Satyarthi

SDG Advocate calls for more action against child slavery   

When he went to school for the first time, five-year-old Kailash Satyarthi saw a child cobbler, sitting outside the school gate.  

Seeing the impoverished boy having to work and unable to go to class, gave him a new perspective, and set him on the road to becoming a passionate child rights advocate.  

Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery for decades now.  

Millions of children across Yemen face serious threats due to malnutrition, in particular, and the lack of basic health services, in general.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Progress and pitfalls in child rights, millions of Afghans acutely food insecure, Middle East nuclear-free zone, social media and child detention

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: Uneven child rights progress; over 10 million  Afghans severely food insecure; Middle East nuclear weapons conference gets underway; Social media posts increasing child detention cases; UN and partners commit to universal health. 

Fourteen-year-old Issaa, a migrant from Niger, rests his hand on a gate inside a detention centre, in Libya, in January 2017. His mother died two years ago in Niger. He managed to set aside US$450, which he hoped would pay for a crossing by boat to Italy.
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Anti-terror measures against youngsters’ online posts ‘linked to spike in child detention globally’

Around 7.2 million children are detained around the world, 5.4 million of them in institutions, rights experts said on Monday, highlighting “aggressive” State counterterrorism measures for the spike in youngsters held for alleged links with armed conflict or national security concerns based on their social media posts.