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CRC@20: Documentaries about child rights – special focus of the travelling Film Festival in Ukraine

5 October, Kyiv - Documentaries about the most urgent child issues will be shown in the 100 cities and towns in 24 regions of Ukraine in October - December 2009 during the travelling Film Festival Docudays Ua.
This special screening is conducted in Ukraine to support the UNICEF International Children’s Rights Documentary Film Festival dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In particular, the Ukrainian audience will see the following films: Children of the Stars (China); Living Rights Series (Belarus); Behind Closed Eyes (Kosovo); The Children of Leningradsky (Russia). The detailed schedule of films’ screening is available here.

Film screenings will be followed up with the discussions of the documentaries in the schools and universities of Ukraine as well as special press-screenings and debates focused on child rights issues will be organized with experts, human rights activists, lawyers, educators, local and central government.

Every year the programme of the International Film Festival Docudays Ua is enriched with the films telling the stories of children and challenges in observing their rights in different countries. Issues that children face in their daily lives concern documentary film makers all over the world and many films have been awarded with international honours.

This year the world community is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Aiming to attract public attention to the problem of children in Ukraine and to raise awareness on child rights, the special programme devoted to the CRC@20 has been developed by the Festival organizers.

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), establishing one set of fundamental rights for all children and young people. Today, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. It was ratified by 193 states, except the United States and Somalia.

Ukraine has made a number of commitments to improve the wellbeing of children - particularly by signing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. On 27 February 1991 the Convention was ratified by the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) decree №789XII (78912) and it came into force for Ukraine on 27 September 1991.

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