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UN: Senior UN rights official resigns over Central African Republic sexual abuse
23 Jul 2015 News
The senior UN human rights official who admitted not following up for months on allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has resigned. The UN confirmed on Wednesday that Flavia Pansieri has left the post of deputy high commissioner for human rights “for health reasons”.
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TRAFFICKING: Young African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos
21 Jul 2015 News
Boys from West Africa as young as 14 have been 'trafficked' to an unregistered football academy in Laos, where they are given no salary and made to sleep in 'deplorable' accommodation. One NGO, Culture Foot Solidaire, estimates that 15,000 teenage footballers are moved out of West Africa every year - many of them illegally. 
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IRAN: Whereabouts of juvenile offender on death row emerge five months after scheduled execution
21 Jul 2015 News
The whereabouts of Saman Naseem, 21, who was sentenced to death in April 2013 for alleged armed activities against the Revolutionary Guards when he was 17 years old, was unknown for five months. Amnesty International has confirmed his location, alongside news that the Supreme Court has granted him a full retrail. 
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HEALTH: Most antipsychotic drugs prescribed to teens without mental health diagnosis, study says
16 Jul 2015 News
Researchers expressed concern about drugs for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia being used on children without these disorders. Also worrying is that few patients undergo therapy alongside their drug treatment. 
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BRAZIL: Lowering the age of criminal majority, and next steps for opposition movement
15 Jul 2015 News
Guest writer for CRIN, Henrique de Souza, from the Brazilian Bar Association, looks at the recently approved proposal to...
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UNITED STATES: Massachusetts' highest court defends corporal punishment as 'part of social fabric'
14 Jul 2015 News
The justicies said it's permissible to punish a child by spanking so long as "reasonable" force is used and the child is not harmed in a lasting way. Conversely, they also emphasised the child should be protected from abuse.
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CAMBODIA: Lawmakers pass law to regulate NGOs despite concerns
13 Jul 2015 News
The law allows the government to take wide-ranging action against NGOs, targeting them for anything from jeopardising peace, stability and public order to harming national security or Cambodia's culture and traditions.
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ITALY: Venice mayor bans children's books on homosexuality and disabilities
13 Jul 2015 News
Despite claiming his decision does not aim to discriminate, a total 49 children's books have been blacklisted.
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UK: Thousands of child abuse victims to be invited to testify in truth project
9 Jul 2015 News
Thousands of victims of child sexual abuse are being invited to testify across the country as part of the biggest public inquiry into criminality and corruption by public and private institutions in England and Wales.
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UNITED STATES: Judge orders children to juvenile detention for refusing to see their father
9 Jul 2015 News
Three siblings were held in contempt of court for refusing an order by a judge to have lunch with their father, and were ordered to a juvenile detention facility until they turn 18 years old. The children are aged 14, 10 and 9, respectively. 
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UN: Denial of Genocide - Srebrenica 20 Years On
9 Jul 2015 News
Security Council Resolution fails to condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica a "crime of genocide."
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CAMPAIGNING: Joint letter to Saudi Arabia's Minister of Justice
9 Jul 2015 News
Read the letter CRIN, together with other human rights organisations, sent concerning two young men sentenced to death for offences committed while children. 
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