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10 October 2008


UK children inadequately protected, says UN - preview

Last month the UK was examined by the United Nations on its child rights record. Rachel Brett, human rights and refugees representative at the Quaker UN Office, Geneva, analyses the discussion

‘The Committee is also concerned at the general climate of intolerance and negative public attitudes towards children, especially adolescents, which appears to exist in the State party, including in the media, and may be often the underlying cause of further infringements of their rights

  • The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child noted some improvements in the UK since the last report in 2002, including the creation of children’s commissioners in the four nations and the welcome announcement (in response to the Committee’s previous Concluding Observations) of the withdrawal of reservations to two parts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • The UK will now have to apply Article 22, thus extending the application of the Convention to child refugees and asylum seekers, and Article 37(c), which requires children to be separated from (unrelated) adults in detention

  • Rachel Brett

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