child rights

UN officials call for release of detained Palestinian children amid pandemic

Three senior United Nations officials in the Middle East are calling for the release of Palestinian children from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at particular risk of COVID-19 infection.

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty

Although the world has made historic gains over the past three decades in improving children’s lives, urgent action is required if the poorest children are to feel the impact, a new UN report published on Monday warns.

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. 

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. 

‘Childhood is changing, and so must we’, UNICEF declares, as world marks historic convention

Since its adoption 30 years ago, the milestone Convention of the Rights of the Child and its near universal membership has created “unprecedented international solidarity around children’s rights,'' the Secretary-General said at a commemorative event an UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

South African teen raises her voice on behalf of children…and the UN

A South African teenager was at the UN recently to raise her voice for children everywhere, particularly on the issues of education, child labour and gender inequality.

Lathitha Beyile from Soweto read a manifesto she had written which was inspired by children in her country.

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All children have the right to an education, urge former refugees

All children have a right to an education, two former refugees turned activists told global leaders during an event to debate the world’s greatest challenges.

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At UN treaty event, countries take action to advance child rights, regulate arms trade

Some 59 States took part in the annual United Nations Treaty Event which gives countries the opportunity to sign or become party to treaties on critical issues such as human rights, disarmament and the environment on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate.

Amid proposed adoption ban, UNICEF asks Russia to focus on best interests of children

Responding to the proposed adoption ban being considered by Russia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today asked the Government there to be guided solely by the best interests of children in determining its policies and actions.

At Holocaust remembrance ceremony, UN urges protection of children from war

Top United Nations officials today urged for the protection of children from the scourges of war during a Holocaust remembrance service to honour the memory of the estimated six million Jews and countless others killed in the Nazi death camps during the Second World War.