Participation of the child in research

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Participatory research that engages children as active, informed and informative agents has rapidly expanded over the past two decades. It includes children in the research and development of different social provisions such as education, health and the law, and can begin to address the absence of children’s voices in research (Groundwater-Smith et al, 2014). The […]

The separation of migrant children from their families at the US-Mexico border

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Every child has a right to safety and protection, regardless of where they come from or where they are going. This right, however, is not always upheld, and this is particularly visible when looking at the current migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border. Unaccompanied migrant children are being separated from their families, which has devastating […]

Humanium attends Council of Europe’s session on COVID-19 and educational challenges

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The Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) has launched a series of webinars on the most urgent challenges related to children’s rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 22 March 2021, Humanium attended the first such webinar titled “Overcoming education challenges”. Webinars on child rights challenges during the pandemic In […]

A landmark ruling for environmental rights in Ecuador

Posted on Posted in Children's Rights, Environment, Health, Indigenous people

Nine girls from the Ecuadorian Amazon and their respective communities of origin won their appeal before the Sucumbíos Provincial Court of Justice, in which they had asked the State of Ecuador to assume its environmental responsibilities to ban the practice of gas flaring and to bring reparations to thousands of affected local and indigenous communities. […]

Educational technology (EdTech) and children’s right to privacy

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As the world ventures deeper into the digital space, there is a growing need to explore the impact of novel digital technologies on children’s right to education. Conceptualising education as a human right necessitates greater attention to the United Nations’ 4A-framework (accessibility, adaptability, acceptability and availability), in particular:  the accessibility and adaptability of school environments, […]

UNCRC landmark adoption of the General Comment on children’s rights in the digital environment

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On 24 March 2021, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child officially launched their new General Comment No. 25 on Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. The adoption of this General Comment signals the first time that children’s digital experiences are mentioned within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) […]

International child abduction – conflict of parents and laws detrimental to children

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In the past few years, the number of cases involving international child abduction has risen significantly. International child abduction is, unfortunately, becoming a common trend which usually occurs during a heated or emotional marital dispute, in the early stages of separation or divorce, or in the waiting period of a court custody order or agreement. […]

The influence of emotional artificial intelligence and digital toys on child development

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Children’s play-spaces are increasingly permeated by modern technologies. As the world transitions into the digital age, children are more frequently exposed to digital toys. In particular, recent years have seen the rise of emotional artificial intelligence (AI) toys; items which collect data from children and adapt their functionality accordingly. Though this development is not without […]

Humanium facilitates consultation with children in view of a UN resolution on the SDG

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In light of the Annual Day on the Rights of the Child held on 1 March 2021, Humanium participated as a facilitator and member of a working group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to gather the voices of children around the world. This was made possible thanks to Child Rights Connect, which brings together […]

The virtuous cycle of meaningful child participation

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On 1 April 2021, the European Union and the Council of Europe launched the joint project ‘CP4EUROPE’. This project seeks to improve the means and opportunities for child participation (Council of Europe, 2021). Although participation is considered to be a fundamental right of the child, there is still an increasing need for projects which would […]