rights of the child

Teen activists speak up at UN to ensure kids’ voices are heard in child-friendly treaty

Two teenagers from opposite sides of the world made a special trip to the UN in Geneva recently to help mark 30 years of the Convention of the Rights of the Child – an international treaty that protects children from discrimination, violence and neglect. More important, perhaps, Maria, from Mexico, and Zycrel, from the Philippines, have also been advising UN rights experts on a “child-friendly” version of the Convention, too.

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News in Brief 17 April 2018

  • $38 million appeal launched for conflict-hit Ukraine
  • Mali violence spike drives thousands to Burkina Faso
  • Rights committees join forces for migrant children
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Hailing Somalia’s ratification, UN renews call for universalization of child rights treaty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in hailing Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in renewing the call for the last remaining country that has yet to join the treaty to do so.

New treaty enables children to lodge complaints with UN about rights violations

United Nations child rights experts today hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged violations of their rights.

UN child rights official expresses dismay over Yemen juvenile offender execution

The head of a key United Nations child rights committee today expressed deep dismay over the execution in Yemen last week of a woman who was believed to have been “around 15 years old” when she was arrested.