September 2019

Why CRIN is joining the #climatestrike

CRIN will be joining the global climate strike on 20 September. It’s the first time the organisation as a whole will take part on a working day. But we won’t just be attending the strike in person; we’re also blacking out our website. To explain our intentions, there are four reasons why we’re joining the climate strike. 

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Respect students’ right to protest

Some schools and local authorities in multiple countries have imposed sanctions or threatened to do so on students who wish to take part in the Fridays for Future school climate strikes. We call on teachers, schools, local authorities and parents to support the schoolchildren who choose to exercise their right to peaceful protest. 

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August 2019

Conscription by poverty? New report on deprivation and army recruitment in the UK

The British army is intentionally targeting young people from deprived backgrounds for the roles carrying the greatest risks in war. This new report examines the targeting of these children and the effects of this practice on the 16 and 17 year-olds who are recruited. 

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CRIN joins EDC-Free Europe campaign

CRIN has joined the EDC-Free Europe coalition representing more than 70 environmental, health, women’s and consumer groups across Europe, all sharing the same concern about hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their impact on human health and the environment.

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July 2019

Joint intervention in ECHR case

CRIN has submitted a joint intervention to the European Court of Human Rights on the right of twins born through surrogacy to same-sex parents to inherit their father’s nationality. 

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Why children’s rights should be the next big issue for sport

This guest article, written by Play the Game at the Danish Institute for Sports Studies, examines how, despite sport being hailed and promoted as a good for children and society at large, there is a growing awareness on the downsides of sport that sometimes turn children into victims rather than winners. 

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June 2019

Youth climate strikers and their human rights

CRIN co-hosted a round-table discussion on children and young people's right to demand action and justice for the climate crisis. Together with the environmental law organisations CIEL and Earthjustice, we heard from climate youth groups in Switzerland about their experiences of organising strikes, making calls to policy makers, and sitting at the negotiation table with local authorities.

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The African resistance to the mass male circumcision campaign

Two guest articles about the grassroots resistance to the campaign to circumcise men and boys across Africa. The VMMC campaign (voluntary medical male circumcision) targets African communities with the goal of creating and maintaining an 80 percent male circumcision rate across the continent. Many men refuse circumcision, so in 2016 infant boys were added to the campaign. 

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Right to a family: Joint statement on children’s right to live and grow up with a family

CRIN, alongside other disability rights and children’s rights organisations and networks, signed a joint statement emphasising the right of all children, including those in institutions and other alternative care settings, to grow up with a family under international law.

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Campaign against UK’s enlistment of children to be continued by Child Rights International Network

The UK is the only major military power and the only State in Europe to enlist 16-year-olds into its armed forces. Following the closure of Child Soldiers International, the campaign to raise the UK’s military enlistment age to 18 will move to the Child Rights International Network (CRIN).

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May 2019

Children’s rights at the World Bank - the case of the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project

This guest article by the Bank Information Center (BIC) reflects on how one World Bank-funded project in Uganda gave rise to sexual abuse of girls and what was done about it. The BIC advocates on reforming international financial institutions to make sure that the development projects they fund do not undermine human rights or harm the environment.

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UN: List all warring parties responsible for violations against children

CRIN has signed an open later with 21 organisations calling on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publish a complete and accurate list of perpetrators of violations against children in his upcoming annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict.

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Everyday toxics exhibition and discussion in Geneva

This week CRIN hosted a temporary art exhibition and discussion in Geneva on toxic exposure in our everyday lives and what is being done to raise awareness of these issues. The event was hosted at the Bocal Local, an eco-responsible grocery shop in Geneva, while the meetings of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions took place in the city.

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Artivism: CRIN at the Venice Biennale

CRIN will be participating in this year’s Venice Biennale as part of the ARTIVISM exhibition, in collaboration with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The event will explore creative responses to large-scale identity-based violence and mass atrocities.

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April 2019

Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws and the complaints against it

In our latest case study on the stories behind strategic children's rights litigation, we examine several challenges to Russia's "gay propaganda" laws. Passed using the protection of children as an excuse to silence public discussions and positive messages about LGBT issues, these laws effectively deny freedom of expression and access to information on gender and sexual diversity.

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Students have a right to protest, schools must respect it

School students have led major protests in recent months against climate change negligence and stood up to the complacency of passive politicians. CRIN has written a statement supporting the student strikes, along with a template students can use to challenge the threat of punishments for protesting.

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March 2019

Beta testing Utopia - CRIN's week at Tate Modern

Earlier this month we joined forces with the Digital Maker Collective as part of the week-long event called Beta Society hosted by Tate Exchange. For our part, we organised Beta Utopia — a first attempt at drawing a picture of a better world where human rights are respected, where problems come with solutions, and where anyone can pick up a pen and contribute.

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What if... the Commonwealth apologised?

More than a third of the world’s children currently live in Commonwealth countries, a so-called family of nations that shares a dark legacy of colonialism, violence and discrimination. Rather than celebrate its history, we think the Commonwealth Secretariat should apologise for it. And surprise surprise, here's an apology we prepared earlier!

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January 2019

How limitation periods harm survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Most cases of sexual abuse of children are never disclosed let alone reported to the authorities. This silence is made worse when the very laws intended to hold perpetrators to account prevent survivors from seeking justice. Time limits on bringing legal action do exactly this. So how are States dealing with limitation periods in the face of systemic child sexual abuse within their own borders?

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The Philippines must not lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

CRIN calls for the Philippines to abandon proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility and instead focus on reforms that will effectively address crime.

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December 2018

Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China, and Human Rights

Civil society organisations including CRIN have sign an open letter calling for Google to drop Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China.

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November 2018

Urge the UN to Support Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

Forty civil society organizations including CRIN have signed a letter urging UN member states to support a resolution on human rights in Iran that will be presented to the UN General Assembly on November 15, 2018.

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October 2018

What can you do to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals?

Toxic chemicals are everywhere. In the food we eat, the water we drink, even the air we breathe. This list of resources will give you tips to avoid them, or at least reduce your exposure in your everyday life.

Learn what you can do

September 2018

Romania's referendum threatens children's rights

A coalition of conservative and anti-LGBT hate groups are trying to use children’s rights as an excuse to redefine the family in Romania, in a way which will inevitably run counter to children’s best interests.

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