Tag Archives: children’s rights

On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

November 16, 2015

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While Australia accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the 2011 UPR…only 10% have been fully implemented.

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Child workers in Vietnam face further exploitation

June 27, 2014


Vietnamese children as young as 11 are working for up to 18 hours a day in harsh and abusive conditions, often unpaid and denied communication with their families, a study shows. The study, led by Professor Susan Kneebone of Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in collaboration with the children’s foundation Blue Dragon, looks at the causes and […]

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Children and human rights abuses: coming to an international stage?

January 30, 2014

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By Paula Gerber For the first time, children will soon be able to bring complaints of human rights violations to the United Nations. Although the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child has been in operation since 1990, there has not been a mechanism for children to bring a complaint that a government is […]

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Children’s Ground: A model that could end intergenerational poverty in Australia

April 16, 2013

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By Claerwen O’Hara, Castan Centre In-House Intern Short and long videos of our event with Children’s Ground can be found at the bottom of this article. Children’s Ground is an innovative organisation that works with children in communities that are devastated by intergenerational poverty and inequity. While the model has been inspired and reinforced by […]

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Australia FINALLY gets a children’s rights commissioner

May 3, 2012


By Paula Gerber On 27 April 2012 the Gillard Government made a long overdue announcement that it will appoint a national children’s commissioner. This person (yet to be selected) will join the six existing commissioners at the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): Human Rights Commissioner (The Hon. Catherine Branson QC); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander […]

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Children will soon be seen AND heard by the UN

January 23, 2012

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By Paula Gerber One month ago, on 19th December 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted the Third Optional Protocol (OP) to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC). This new international instrument establishes a procedure whereby children whose rights have been violated can bring a complaint to UN Committee on the Rights of […]

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