Children's Human Rights
- Child Rights Education International
Child Rights Education International is an international distance learning project. It has been created to make the highest levels of knowledge, expertise, and critical thinking available to interested persons, organizations and institutions throughout th e world to help them understand and promote the human rights of the child. This site features information about various educational programs, as well as links to sites related to human rights and children.
- Child Rights Information Network
The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network of organizations sharing their experiences and information concerning children's rights. This site is a great resource for information concerning children's human rights.
- Children and War
"In the past decade some 2 million children have been killed, 4 to 5 million disabled, 1 million orphaned and 12 million left homeless." UNICEF's new agenda highlights the plight of children whose families, communities and ways of life are destroyed by wa r. This site features information about the effects of war on children worldwide.
- Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "It is immoral that adults should want children to fight their wars for them... There is simply no excuse, no acceptable argument for arming children." Current estimates report that at least 300,000 children under the age of 18 are currently taking part in hostilities around the world. This web site offers important information about the issue, as well as suggested solutions for this worldwide problem.
- Free the Children
Founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, a young Canadian, Free the Children is an international network of children helping children through representation, leadership and action. Free the Children is dedicated to eliminating the exploitation of children ar ound the world, by encouraging youth to volunteer in, as well as to create programs and activities that relieve the plight of underprivileged children.
- International Labor Organization (ILO)
A simple search on the ILO web site for "child labor" will yield an extensive collection of resources related to the work of the ILO and the UN to combat child labor around the world.
- Promises Broken: An Assessment of Children's Rights (Human Rights Watch)
Every recognized country in the world, except for the United States and the collapsed state of Somalia, has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, pledging to uphold its protections for children. This assessment, conducted by Human Rights Wa tch, offers important insight into the status of the world's children tenth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Raising Children with Roots, Rights, and Responsibilities
This file is only available in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. You may download a copy of this dynamic resource from the web site listed above. This book contains a variety of activities, lessons, and curriculum units related to children's human rights.
- Soldier Child
Soldier Child International (SCI) is a non-profit organization working to provide both immediate and long term relief for children who have been abducted and forced into becoming child soldiers in northern Uganda. The ultimate goal of this relief effort is the successful reintegration of the children into their communities. This reintegration includes working with the communities, and the local and international organizations to provide holistic, long term, solutions to the relief and rehabilitation. T his site offers information about the Soldier Child Project, and background concerning the film "Soldier Child."
- State of the World's Children 2000 (UNICEF)
The State of the World's Children is an annual report published by UNICEF that outlines challenges that impact children around the world. This site offers access to the 2000 edition in .pdf format. Hard copies of the report are also available through th e UNICEF web site.
- The Rights of a Child (One World)
This site was developed by One World Online. It features general information about children's human rights with a specific focus on issues that directly impact children including war, education, and work among others.
- UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict
Olara Otunnu is the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. This site offers important information about the use of child soldiers and the effects of armed conflict on children. This site provides access to o fficial UN documents, background information about the issue, and links to other resources concerning this tragic issue.
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF works to better the conditions of children worldwide. Information on this site can be found on topics ranging from the threat of landmines to children to the problem of child labor. It also has a built-in search engine.
- United Nations Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children
This site offers users access to a United Nations Study, coordinated by Graça Machel, which focused on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. Users can access the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other official UN documents.