Tag: convention on the rights of the child

  • Deterring and denying asylum seekers in Australia

    By Azadeh Dastyari Australia has long prided itself on its commitment to fairness. It is a signatory to a range of international conventions intended to protect the vulnerable and has in the past provided sanctuary for those seeking refuge, most notably in the wake of the Vietnam War. In recent years, however, successive Australian governments […]

  • Guest Blog: Protecting children’s rights in Asian tourism destinations: What more can be done?

    Guest Blogger: Afrooz Kaviani Johnson  When we hear mention of child exploitation in Asian tourism, often the first thing that comes to mind is the sexual exploitation of children. The shocking reports of young girls trapped in horrifying conditions to serve tens of foreign ‘clients’ day in and day out. Or, perhaps you’ve even witnessed […]

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

    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 […]

  • The ethics of enforced child vaccinations

    By Dr Paula Gerber The debate around whether children should be vaccinated against illness such as the measles and whooping cough tends to be highly emotive and divisive, with the medical profession on one side talking about epidemics and quoting lots of scientific data, and concerned parents on the other side, recounting heart-wrenching stories of […]

  • Australia FINALLY gets a children’s rights commissioner

    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 […]

  • Children will soon be seen AND heard by the UN

    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 […]

  • Opening up Marriage to Same-sex Couples

    By Paula Gerber On 16th November 2010, I had a bit of a chat with Jon Faine on 774 ABC radio about why same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. While there are numerous justifications for ending the ban on same-sex marriage, I focused on the following arguments: 1. Same-sex marriage is in the best […]

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