Focus on Children’s Rights – Blog Action Day


Children’s rights are the human rights of children with particular attention to the rights of special protection and care afforded to minors, including their right to association with both parents, human identity as well as the basic needs for food, universal state-paid education, health care and criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child, equal protection of the child’s civil rights, and freedom from discrimination on the basis of the child’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion,disability, color, ethnicity, or other characteristics. Interpretations of children’s rights range from allowing children the capacity for autonomous action to the enforcement of children being physically, mentally and emotionally free from abuse, though what constitutes “abuse” is a matter of debate.

Other definitions include the rights to care and nurturing.

(From Wikipedia)


The United Nations’ 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC, is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Its implementation is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child. National governments that ratify it commit themselves to protecting and ensuring children’s rights, and agree to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community.

My concern is that no matter how many nations (over 190)  have signed up for the CRC, children are still being beaten, humiliated, abused sexually and verbally, excluded and generally having a bad time, just trying to get some sort of education, no matter how poor the quality and how low their achievement at the end.

Where are their rights and where are the defenders of their rights?

check out the Human Rights Watch page on children’s rights:

Photography’s power to advocate for children and their rights:

Watch a presentation that celebrates and reflects on the role of photography in advocating for children’s rights.

For more information, visit:

Please note that in some cases photography can intrude, humiliate and reduce dignity. Children are rarely asked if their pictures can be used for publicity. Things are changing and parents should now provide approval for images of their children to be used. However in emergency situations, this is often difficult. We have to trust UNICEF photographers that they will be sensitive to the rights of children to have privacy and dignity and not to produce images that could humiliate or intrude.


Take a look at the publications listed by the Child Rights International Network (CRIN)


Some child rights  images from Steve McCurry


A new practical teaching/learning resource via Human Rights Education Association (HREA)


HREA announces the release of Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource, a new manual created by HREA, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) and the Instituto Mexicano de Investigación Familia y de Población (IMIFAP).

“Adolescence is an ideal time to promote attitudes and behaviours that prevent interpersonal violence. Human Total is the first resource to blend life skills with human rights education” says HREA’s Founder and Senior Advisor, Felisa Tibbitts, who helped prepare the pilot draft of the manual.

Human Total will be a vital resource for students, educators and parents. Targeted towards young people between the ages of 10 and 14, the manual helps learners understand attitudes that promote violent behaviour (often brought about by the misuse of alcohol) by males and cultivates methods to minimise these behaviours’ harms and prevent their perpetuation.

Human Total contains 32 adaptable lesson plans, including ways to recognise and understand violence in social contexts and techniques for minimising violence through education about human rights and active participation in the community. The manual also features a note for facilitators on how to use it, tools for outreach to parents and guardians, recommendations for additional resources, and eight annexes with supplemental information. The resource was piloted in El Salvador and Kenya.

Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource is currently available in English and will soon be available in Spanish.



The UK chapter of Amnesty International has organised a 

Children’s Human Rights network

Are you interested in discussing children’s rights issues with other Amnesty supporters? Would you like to see how the network work on children’s rights abuses? Would you like more information on children’s rights campaigns?

  • Visit the blog, a new forum for discussion on children’s rights and for updates on children’s rights
  • Take action against children’s rights abuses by writing emails, letters and faxes from our actions page.
  • For resources and materials on the latest in children’s rights work from other Amnesty sections and international organisations, please see the resources page.

And a resource for literacy:

Engage students in literacy across the curriculum as they discover the power of writing letters for people whose rights and lives are at risk.
Download your free packAnd for Human Rights Education at Secondary level

Eight human rights lessons linked to curriculum areas including maths, languages, drama and more. Perfect for drop down days, theme weeks, and to address human rights across the curriculum. Order your free copy

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