July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui presented her fifth report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict Monday. The UN has ...[read more]
July 6, 2014
by William Helbling
The Bolivian National Congress on Wednesday passed legislation permitting children as young as 10 to join the workforce as long as it does not interfere with one's education and is done independently in an effort to provide for their family. The U.N. International Labor Organization's (ILO) ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Teenagers as young as 15 have been recruited to join armed groups in Syria and have been fighting in the Syrian civil war, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday. According to HRW, some of these teenagers even become suicide bombers. The report claims that Islamist ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the ...[read more]
June 10, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday confirmed charges against Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda. The charges consist of 18 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, as well as crimes against humanity charges. The ICC held a ...[read more]
June 9, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio that a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not automatically grant relief to all aliens who qualify as "child" derivative beneficiaries at the time a visa petition is filed but age out of qualification ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic ...[read more]

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