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Upholding Human Rights of Children Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Pedus, Australia Jan 30, 2002
Human Rights , Child & Youth Rights   Opinions


When the United Nations was created in 1945, one of the first acts of the general assembly was to establish, in 1946, the United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF), which is today the main pillar of international assistance primarily to children.

Recognizing the basic fact that the rights of children needed to be specifically addressed, in 1959, the UN general assembly adopted the declaration on the rights of the child-a document which has been a guide to all human endeavors in the interest of children all over the world. It asserts that " mankind owes to the child the best it has to give". The imperative to boost the image of the child and her inalienable rights precipitated the recognition of 1979 as the international year of the child, when the UN commission on Human Rights started work on the drafting of the convention. On November 20, 1989, the UN unanimously adopted the convention on the rights of the child. A year later, it has to be recalled, it became an international law. For the first time in the history of the world, the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children are mandated by international law.Inspite all these positive developements in the international arena, poverty, illiteracy, harmful child labor, child prostitution, child rape, torture, environmental degradation and female genital mutilation among other have stood tall in the face of vulnerable children like a collossus.We all can take a stand for the children of the world, we all can persuade governments to rise up to their responsibilities, we all can make a difference around the world. Let us all roll up our sleeves and begin the journey.




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I was born in Nigeria and was educated in Nigeria, USA and Australia. I am the founder and president of Christina-Mae Recruitment Consortium Australia and the author of the book "When Things Go Wrong: Concepts of Change". I am also the co-founder of Child Aid Survival and Development International (CASDI). As a freelance journalist, I have contributed to a number of professional journals and newspapers, as well as worked in a number of e-journalism projects. I have traveled extensively and currently call Australia and the USA home with extensive involvement in African Human Rights issues.

DR PEDUS C EWEAMA | Jan 30th, 2002
What a nice piece. Keep it up!

Good job
Sheldon Vance | May 17th, 2002
If you want to learn more about the rights of the child. Save The Children Canada as made a prject called RightWay. It promotes youth rights and advocacy. By using youth facilitators, I believe that the concept of the programs is starting to take flight. It is an awesome project that I am proud to be of. If you have any questions email me at chaisy14@hotmail.com

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