Blog Archive

Child Farmers Need Help

More children work in agriculture than in any other industry in the world. It's critically important for Mexico, which recently raised its minimum working age, to better enforce its laws to growers who violate it. This industry tends to trap children in a cycle of poverty that continues for multiple generations. Now when enforcing these laws, simply firing children causes substantial harm to families who can end up in even worse conditions.

New Guidelines for Schools in Armed Conflict

At an event at the United Nations in Geneva this December, the ambassadors of Norway and Argentina showed a set of six new guidelines aimed at better protecting schools and universities from being used for military purposes during times of armed conflict. They are intended to respond to the practice of government forces and non-state armed groups converting schools and universities into bases or barracks, using them as firing positions or places to store weapons and ammunition. This practice endangers students and teachers by turning their schools into targets for enemy attack.

Migrant Children Are Stuck

Thousands of migrant children, including newborn babies, are being locked up in squalid and cramped detention facilities each year in Thailand, enduring serious physical and emotional harm, according to a new report. The report, which was based on interviews with 41 children and 64 adults who were all detained or arrested by immigration officials, said those affected -- often from neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos -- can be held indefinitely with little or no legal support, in violation of international law.

Pakistani School Attacked Horrifically

The attack on a school in Peshwar, a town in northwesten Pakistan, that left at least 145 dead, almost all of them children, sets a new low for the Pakistani Taliban. Tragically, the attack, while horrific in scale, is but one of an all-too-frequent pattern of deliberate attacks on schools both in Pakistan and worldwide.

Forced Child Labor In Uzbekistan Needs to Stop

The Cotton Campaign, a coalition of human rights, labor, investor, and business organizations dedicated to ending forced labor in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan, repeated calls that independent Uzbekistani groups made in a November 2014 letter to the Inspection Panel of the World Bank. The forced labor system under which Uzbek authorities forcibly mobilize more than a million citizens each year to pick cotton is unjust. The World Bank has an obligation to ensure that it does not contribute to forced labor or other human rights violations in its activities.

Tobacco Industry Makes A Difference

A network including some of the world’s biggest tobacco companies publicly pledged to end child labor in their supply chains. The move could help better protect children, who aren’t even old enough to buy cigarettes from the hazards of working in tobacco fields. This is the first time members of the tobacco industry have agreed jointly to abide by international labor law, which prohibits hazardous work by children under age 18, and sets a minimum age of 15 for employment. The impact of the new pledge could be especially significant in the United States.

Bolivia Must Meet Their International Needs

Bolivia should change several laws that undermine the rights to freedom of association and expression, due process guarantees, and children’s rights. These laws, which are against Bolivia’s international human rights obligations, were approved during Morales’ second term, from 2010 through 2014. The Bolivian Assembly approved a key modification to a 2010 problematic law that regulates procedures for the criminal prosecution and impeachment of high level officials and magistrates.

Boko Haram Causing More Conflict

A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed. Nigeria's military says it killed Shekau a year ago, and authorities said in September that they had also killed an imposter posting as him in videos. In the latest recording it is hard to see the man's face as he his filmed from a distance.

Experiencing Violence and How To Work on it

As I was surfing the web I ran across an article on the New York Times which is much like a narrative story from one of their writers. It was about the horrible experience the writer and her young son had with violence when she was randomly attacked and punched by a man on the street while with her child. She spoke about how experiences like that are much more psychologically detrimental than they are physically. It affected both her and her son although her son was not at all physically hurt by the attack.

Women With Disabilities are Being Handled Like Animals

Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, risk physical and sexual violence, and experience involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy. Women are forcibly admitted to government institutions and mental hospitals, where they suffer grave abuses. Women and girls with disabilities are dumped in institutions by their family members or police in part because the government is failing to provide appropriate support and services.