20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Protection from violence and exploitation

Hameed's story: Former child soldiers are finding new lives in Chad

MOUSSORO, Chad, 12 February 2010 – Hameed (not his real name), 16, has a glazed look on his face when he talks about his life as a child soldier in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. “I’ve lost count of how many people I have killed, and I don’t think about it,” he says, shuffling his feet nervously.

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One girl’s stand against early marriage in India

PURULIA DISTRICT, India, 04 January 2010 – Jakir Ansari used to work in the circus as a clown, and his face and arms are studded with scars from where the knives that were thrown at him missed their mark. Today he works as a day labourer, earning about 1,200 rupees ($26) per month to support his family.

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‘Child-Friendly Cities’ initiative launched in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco, 17 December 2009 – As part of activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the presidents of five pilot municipalities have signed a commitment aimed at creating a ‘Child-Friendly City’ (CFC) by 2011.
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UNICEF Radio Digital Diaries: Motorbikes in Monrovia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 10 December 2009 – "Everywhere you go in Liberia, you will see motorbikes,” says Josephine Zogbaye, 18. “Many people don’t have access to cars, so anytime I’m going somewhere, I take a motorbike to avoid long distance walks so I won’t be late.”
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A ‘big sister’ helps students cope with bullying in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 26 October 2009 – As Head Prefect, Dashenee Huthamaputhiran, 17, is a friendly face around Convent Sentul High School, offering advice to students who break school rules or lending a helping hand to those in trouble.

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New situation analysis report highlights violence against children

DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 October 2009 – After two year’s work, the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs (SCFA) in collaboration with UNICEF has concluded a report on the Situation Analysis of Children (SITAN) in Syria.

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UNICEF seeks justice for imprisoned young people
MUSANZE, Rwanda, 14 August 2009 – It was early morning in Musanze when children who had been in prison awaiting trial finally got a legal hearing.
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UNICEF ‘Progress for Children’ report advances child-protection goals
NEW YORK, USA, 5 October 2009 – Children around the world are experiencing fundamental infringements of their human rights, and suffering physical and psychological harm that has wide-reaching, sometimes irreparable effects.
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A Kyrgyz local hero fights to protect the rights of street children in Bishkek
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 24 August 2009 – A recent morning for Alexei Petrushevski went something like this: He met a high-ranking city official to get approval of a project ensuring that all of his wards at the Bishkek Centre for Street Children will eventually get birth certificates and other necessary paperwork. Then he rushed off to negotiate the purchase of football jerseys – at discounted rates, of course – for the centre’s new children’s soccer team.
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Keeping children safe from bullies in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 15 July 2009 – Ivan Wong, 10, loves badminton. His hero is Malaysia's top shuttler, Lee Chong Wei. Ivan used to look forward to Saturday mornings, when he could go to school and play badminton with his friends. But his love for the game could not withstand the incessant teasing directed at him by the older boys at school.

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Ethnic minority communities struggle to break a cycle of poverty in Kosovo

PRISTINA, 29 June 2009 – In a desolate corner on the outskirts of Pristina, Kosovo, two men sit on the bare ground, mending a bicycle that is a lifeline for their families.

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Music video by The Killers raises trafficking awareness
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 July 2009 — Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking.
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Pounding rock and crushing potential: Child labour in DR Congo

KIPUSHI, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12 June 2009 – Covered in powder, Sylvian, 2, sits alongside his mother, pounding rocks with a mallet in an ore heap in  the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rocks, dust and sun: This is the only life Sylvian has known.

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‘We were scared’: As supplies arrive, children try to cope with conflict in Pakistan

NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, Pakistan, 29 May 2009 – The girls in the tent hosting first-grade students at the Yar Hussain displacement camp were reciting the day’s lessons. Amidst the group of six- and seven-year-olds sat Habiba Rojan, who looks much older than the others but does not know her age because she was not registered at birth. She thinks she is 12.

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Ensuring a right to special protection for vulnerable child refugees in Chad

IRIBA, Chad, 19 June 2009 – Children protecting the rights of children: That’s the idea behind the workshop being held in Iridimi, one of three camps in northern Chad for refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan.

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