10 January 2007 - Rights CRINMAIL 32
- AFRICA: A Rights Based Approach to Children and HIV and AIDS [publication]
- ARABIC: New human rights materials [publications]
- COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: 44th Session
- ASIA: The State of Human Rights in 11 Countries [publication]
- KENYA: Human Rights at the World Social Forum [event]
- CANADA: Child Rights in Practice - tools for social change [conference]
- CRIN: Tell us what you want to see on our website [call for information]
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AFRICA: A Rights Based Approach to Children and HIV and AIDS [publication]
A new report published by Save the Children Sweden examines how a rights-based approach's underlying principles of universality, indivisibility, responsibility, and participation can provide a firm foundation for framing priorities and responses to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
HIV and AIDS have impacted severely on Africa and its children. The infection rate has risen rapidly and the scale of prevalence is largely unabated. Moreover, the epidemic compounds existing problems that children and families face resulting from decades of exploitation, poverty, civil and regional conflict, and natural disasters. UNAIDS data indicates that Sub-Saharan Africa remains the hardest hit region in the world, with a total of 25 million people living with HIV and AIDS.
Many children in Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to those who receive most media attention (i.e. orphans, child heads-of-household, and children living with HIV and AIDS), are affected by HIV and AIDS, poverty, and social instability. They include already vulnerable children, especially children with disabilities and children living outside of family care, as well as children living with chronically ill or disabled adults, children in homes that have become poorer as a result of fostering in children from the extended family, and children in communities suffering a high burden of illness, dependency, destitution, and death.
In all of these situations, children’s health, economic and food security, family life, connections to social institutions, opportunities to learn, human rights to development, and hopes for the future, are threatened. Responses to the HIV and AIDS crisis should recognise root-causes of the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS, including gender inequality, as a source of vulnerability.
For more information, contact:
Save the Children Sweden
SE 10788, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 8 698 9000; Fax: +46 8 698 9010
- IDASA: South Africa - Government’s Social Development Response to Children Made Vulnerable by HIV/AIDS - identifying gaps in policy and budgeting (December 2006)
- CRIN's information page on HIV and AIDS
- CRIN's website on rights-based programming
ARABIC: New human rights guides [publications]
The Guide: an introduction to rights based programming in Arabic
The Guide pages of TheRightsApproach website are intended to help those new to rights–based approaches get to grips with the field. Each guide page provides a brief explanation and is followed by a small number of selected introductory readings.
A Summary of 'Networking for Children’s Rights': a guide for NGOs
This practical tool for helping NGOs forming and sustaining child rights coalitions was developed by the NGO Group and translated by CRIN. It contains ideas on how to promote coalition building, methods of child rights advocacy and examples of how NGOs could use the monitoring mechanisms, particularly the reporting process to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD: 44th Session
The 44th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will begin next Monday at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, and close on Friday, 2nd February.
The Committee will examine reports from from Chile, Honduras, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, the Marshall Islands and Suriname. It will also examine reports on the implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) and the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC) for Costa Rica and Kyrgyzstan.
Note that the examination of the combined Second and Third Periodic Report of the Maldives has been reported to the 45th session.
A special CRC news page devoted to the activities of the Committee on the Rights of the Child has been set up on the CRIN website in partnership with the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The page provides summaries of the Committee sessions by country, UN press releases, NGO press releases, information about side events, Decisions, General Comments and other activities of the Committee.
For more information on the Committee, contact:
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Committee on the Rights of the Child
8-14 Avenue de la Paix, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 22 917 9000; Fax: + 41 22 917 9022
ASIA: The State of Human Rights in 11 Countries [publication]
[HONG KONG, 21 December 2006] - The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released its Human Rights Report for 2006. The past year has seen continuing discontent over malfunctioning democracies, legal systems and the consequent setbacks for human rights and the rule of law. The State of Human Rights in Eleven Asian Nations includes in-depth analysis of the situation of human rights in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
For more information, contact:
Asian Human Rights Commission
19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building, 998 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R.
Tel: +(852) 2698 6339; Fax: +(852) 2698 6367
KENYA: Human Rights at the World Social Forum [event]
Date: 20 - 25 January 2006
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The seventh World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya this month. Activists, social movements, networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from around the globe will gather to discuss alternatives to neoliberalism under the slogan 'another world is possible'. This year, the human rights theme has been centralised under the Human Dignity and Human Rights Caucus, covering issues varying from religion to gender to militarisation.
Many different organisations have joined forces to coordinate the Caucus and even more have joined the Caucus to organise debates, workshops and seminars. Equalinrights, the resource centre and support network on human rights-based strategies for poverty eradication, is one of these organisations. For the WSF it would like to present the following events:
1. The power of power analysis: A how-to workshop on all in effective human rights-based advocacy
2. The struggles and strategies of rights based development in failed states: Somalia
Debate, participatory documentaries, exploration of case studies
3. Human rights, universality and culture
4. Come and help build a human rights city!
Participatory theatre, workshop
For more information, email Equalinrights at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact:
The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
Janskerkhof 3, 3512 BK Utrecht, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 30 253 8510
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
CANADA: Child Rights in Practice - tools for social change [conference]
Date: 25 February - 2 March 2007
Location: British Columbia, Canada
This training will explore the practice of children's rights in the everyday work of professionals in the field, introduce tools and approaches to incorporate children's rights into policy and practice, and share and learn with well-known child's rights experts from around the globe.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) will be hosting a week long interactive training on Children’s Rights in Practice. Topics to be addressed in plenary and workshop formats by presenters and keynote speakers include the social ecology of children’s rights with special focus on:
- Children as Partners: Child participation
- Children at Risk: Building on children’s natural resiliency and protection
- Child Rights in the Context of Culture: Indigenous child rights
- Practical tools for use in everyday settings: Effectively implementing children’s rights in everyday practice
Special emphasis will be placed on learning and sharing child-centred, creative tools promoting social change in support of child rights. The training will emphasize a learner-centred approach featuring:
- Key expert presentations
- “Open space” learning and sharing format
- Small group specialised discussions
- Opportunities for informal learning and sharing
The training will take place in an inspirational, natural surrounding conducive to personal and professional growth and the deepening of social relationships and child-centred networks.
The invitation is intended for professionals and students, locally, nationally, and internationally, who work with children and have an interest in implementing children’s rights tools and techniques into their work.
Child Rights Education for Professionals (CRED-PRO) certification and other accreditation may be offered to participants who register for the entire training, and participate in a guided reading and discussion forum. Please ask for details upon registration.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), based at the University of Victoria, is a Canadian leader in community-based, national, regional and international applications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through innovative research, education and capacity building, IICRD works to advance peace, dignity and respect for children around the world. CRED-PRO is an IICRD initiative partnering with various organizations across professions (e.g. health, child protection, law, etc.) around the world to develop and deliver effective child rights training for professionals to use in their daily practice.
For more information, contact:
Centre for Global Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC, Victoria BC, V8V 2Y2, Canada
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