COVID-19 crisis putting human trafficking victims at risk of further exploitation, experts warn

New analysis from the agency shows that the crisis is having an impact on the lives of trafficking victims before, during and even after their ordeal. “With COVID-19 restricting movement, diverting law enforcement resources, and reducing social and public services, human trafficking victims have even less chance of escape and finding help”, said Ghada Fathi Waly, the UNODC Executive Director. As countries…

COVID-19: Children at heightened risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence amidst intensifying containment measures

UNICEF NEW YORK, 20 March 2020 – Hundreds of millions of children around the world will likely face increasing threats to their safety and wellbeing – including mistreatment, gender-based violence, exploitation, social exclusion and separation from caregivers – because of actions taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNICEF is urging governments to ensure…

Child protection law goes online, interactive

Dubai: The UAE’s child protection law can now be understood with the help of illustrated electronic drawings. Dubai Courts, which launched the illustrative project, aims to educate children about their rights and protect them from all forms of abuse. The illustrations have been developed by Dubai Courts’ Youth Council in cooperation with legal experts and…

Scotland becomes first UK country to ban smacking

Reproduced from BBC News Scotland has become the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children. The ban on all physical punishment was backed overwhelmingly by 84 votes to 29 by the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon. The move will give children in Scotland the same…

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty

18 November 2019 Human Rights Although the world has made historic gains over the past three decades in improving children’s lives, urgent action is required if the poorest children are to feel the impact, a new UN report published on Monday warns. The study by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls on countries to recommit to promises…

Myanmar’s New Children’s Law a Step Forward

  After years of discussion and debate, Myanmar has finally enacted a law to protect the rights of children. Consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar has ratified, the law defines a child as anyone younger than 18 and provides all children born in Myanmar have the right…