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New digital technologies produce unprecedented levels of child abuse material online

New digital technologies produce unprecedented levels of child abuse material online

As communication technology evolves at a rapid pace, the technology itself has created a rise in demand for child pornography and an alarming growth of new forms of child sexual exploitation.
Ending child marriage: affected girls speak for themselves

Ending child marriage: affected girls speak for themselves

“Child marriage started before me and will end with me,” said one of the participants during a safe space discussion for former child brides held at the First African Girls Summit to End Child Marriage, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Mega-sporting events must not undermine human rights

Mega-sporting events must not undermine human rights

The need to avoid adverse human rights impacts of mega sporting was the focus of a panel discussion during the fourth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.
Girls’ education key to eliminating discrimination

Girls’ education key to eliminating discrimination

To achieve the fundamental principle of equality between men and women, we need to dismantle outmoded and harmful stereotypes that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential, said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Zeid made his comment during a panel discussion on girls’ education, which took place during the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.
UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic

UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic

The UN rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to the Central African Republic may have committed very serious violations.
Children living on the street to receive special focus

Children living on the street to receive special focus

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is developing a General Comment on Children in Street Situations. The Comment, which is a comprehensive review of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child can be applied to children living on the street, was prompted by a recommendation of a report by the UN Human Rights Office and the Consortium for Street Children.
Child domestic servitude: This is Johanne’s story

Child domestic servitude: This is Johanne’s story

When she was nine years old Johanne became a child domestic slave. Forbidden to go to school, instead she was abused and spent her days cooking, cleaning and carrying water in 20 litre buckets, from the communal well, up the hill to her house.
The slaves of today: UN action to provide redress and rehabilitation

The slaves of today: UN action to provide redress and rehabilitation

The UN Slavery Fund providing direct assistance to victims of contemporary forms of slavery appeals for additional donations to undertake its work.
Combating child sex tourism

Combating child sex tourism

By 2030 the number of international tourists will reach an estimated 1.8 billion. Tourism, however, has a dark side and can be a potential vehicle for child abuse. Child sex tourism (CST) is a growing trend affecting millions of children around the globe.
Taking complaints from children into the international arena

Taking complaints from children into the international arena

UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay welcomes the vote by the UN General Assembly which gives children the opportunity to challenge violations of their rights at an international level.
For children on the streets there are no soft pillows

For children on the streets there are no soft pillows

The UN Human Rights office convenes experts from many countries in the search for the most effective ways to help children living on the streets whose voices are seldom heard and whose rights are regularly abused with impunity.

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