Posts Tagged ‘children’s rights’

Scottish Catholic church opposes smacking ban

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Catholic church in Scotland’s opposition to a smacking ban has been met with anger by children’s rights campaigners. Plans to outlaw the physical punishment of children would “criminalise parents”, one of the church’s top officials is quoted as saying. He went on to say “it is not the role of the state to interfere” Read more

Faith-based organisations can help promote the rights of women and children

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Fiji’s Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa,  believes faith-based organisations have a strong impact on the protection of the rights of women and children She has encouraged these organisations to educate their various groups and family members to eliminate social ills and discrimination against women. Vuniwaqa said she is looking to work closely with Read more

Tonga – Call to end corporal punishment.

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre says it is working with the police to end corporal punishment in Tonga. Last week, a middle school teacher was charged with assault over the beating of a student who was later hospitalised for his injuries. The teacher also reportedly threatened to beat the 11-year-old’s parents if they reported Read more

Children held back from school on religious grounds

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Some parents in the northern district of Fiji are refusing to let their children attend school on religious grounds. iTaukei Affairs Board representative to the Labasa Inter Agency Committee on Child Welfare, Ravuama Naceba, has been in Dogotuki addressing the issue. “When addressing the issue, we had offered the parents a choice on whether they Read more

School children grill MPs

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Children at an Auckland primary school have won a promise from four political parties to let children help to run the country. The Grey Lynn School children grilled National, Labour, Green and Internet Party politicians and independent MP Brendan Horan at the launch of a “tick4kids” campaign to bring children’s issues to the fore in Read more

UN Committee on Children’s rights failed to do necessary analysis

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The Vatican has reaffirmed its support for the UN in general, and for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The comments from Vatican Spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, come as part of a response to the UN Committee’s report into the rights of children. However in a statement  he also accused the Committee of going beyond its competencies Read more

Daughters for sale: India’s child slavery scourge

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

On the day that Durga Mala was rescued, she lay crying on the stone floor, where she was attempting to cool her back. She was 11 years old and her skin was covered with blisters, from her shoulder blades to her buttocks. A few days earlier, her owners had poured hot oil over her because Read more

The play deficit

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations. We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I call a hunter-gather education. We played in mixed-age neighbourhood groups almost every day after school, often until dark. We played all weekend Read more

Lisa Beech: our working children deserve better

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A proposed law to improve the lot of our youngest and most vulnerable workers deserves support. Parliament will this week debate whether working children aged 16 or younger should be regarded as employees rather than contractors, when Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene’s private member’s bill is introduced on Wednesday. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Read more