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Marriage of the Girl Child in Iran

Sadaf Vafa - 21st July 2019

In February 2019, the news of an 11-year-old girl being married to a man who was almost 50 years old, caused severe criticism of the Iranian Civil Code, which allows for the marriage of children under the age of 18. According to the most recent statistics by UNICEF, 17 percent of girls in Iran are […]

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Dutch child labour due diligence law: a step towards mandatory human rights due diligence

Anneloes Hoff - 10th June 2019

On 14 May 2019, the Dutch Senate adopted the Child Labour Due Diligence Law [Wet zorgplicht kinderarbeid]. The law requires companies selling goods or services to Dutch consumers to identify and prevent child labour in their supply chains. In doing so, the Netherlands follows an international trend towards mandatory corporate human rights due diligence. Over […]

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Chile’s debt to children: State engagement in children´s rights protection

Eliana Barrera and Leonardo Cofre - 5th April 2019

878 deaths of children under the care of the Chilean National Children’s Service are currently under criminal investigation. This revelation was followed by the submission of a complaint under the communications procedure of the Committee of the Rights of the Child (CRC), resulting in a damming report in June 2018 on the serious and systematic violation of children’s rights by […]

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Liberalising Access to Abortion and Sex Education to Decrease Teenage Pregnancy in Kazakhstan

Adilya Zhilgildina - 5th April 2019

Teenage pregnancy rates in Kazakhstan are high, with 3443 births in 2017, much higher than during the Soviet period. As a means to decrease the prevalence of teenage pregnancy, the Vice Minister of Healthcare has proposed a more liberal abortion regime by making abortions more accessible to teenagers, providing access to birth control and introducing […]

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Legal Gaps and Inconsistencies in India’s Commercial Surrogacy Ban

Aastha Malhotra - 30th November 2018

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which was laid on the tables of both Houses in August 2017, no longer allows non-Indians to commission surrogacy in India. Only infertile Indian couples with at least five years of marriage and proved infertility are allowed surrogacy on altruistic grounds with a close female relative acting as a surrogate […]

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Australia to Transfer Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children from Nauru to Australia

Emilie McDonnell - 4th November 2018

The Australian government has confirmed plans to transfer all asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru to Australia by Christmas. This news comes after mounting pressure from the public, medical and legal organisations, human rights and refugee advocate groups, thousands of doctors, as well as from within the government’s own party, calling on the government […]

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Lessons for the Future: the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Childhood Abuse

Liz Curran - 22nd October 2018

Australia’s inquiry into childhood institutional abuse has lessons for other jurisdictions, especially the UK. International human rights provisions for children in institutional care include Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights or the Child (CROC) (1989), alongside protections for children with a disability (CROC Article 23), children in the care and protection system (CROC […]

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Missing Babies in Serbia: Monetary Reparations Are Not Enough

Maja Davidovic - 10th September 2018

On March 26, 2013, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg declared that Serbia must provide a mechanism for individual redress to thousands of parents whose newborn babies went missing from maternity wards in the preceding decades. How was that to be done? Preferably through a lex specialis, per the Serbian Ombudsman’s recommendations from 2010, the Court stated: a new, special law that would target this […]

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Trump, “Zero Tolerance,” and the Separation of Families

Sophia Salmore - 17th July 2018

On June 20, in the wake of public outcry, President Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to end the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Two months prior, the Trump administration began to implement a “zero-tolerance” policy, prosecuting as many people as possible that cross the border illegally. Since this policy applied only […]

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Proposals to End Free Travel for Most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability students in Oxfordshire Limits Right to Education  

Marie Tidball - 12th June 2018

On 19th June, Oxfordshire County Council will decide whether to end free travel for most Post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students, as proposed in its Home to School Travel Consultation. If passed, the County’s proposals will make consistent school attendance for SEND young people more difficult and reduce their independence. In BBC coverage […]

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CCTV Cameras in Classrooms: The Conflict between Security and Privacy

Rudra Deosthali and Chittkrishna Thakkar - 18th March 2018

The Chief Minister of Delhi recently announced his decision to install CCTV cameras in all public schools, and to provide real time access to the footage to the parents of students, through a mobile application. This decision was considered necessary to ensure the safety and security of children in school, in light of recent instances […]

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