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Child Seemingly Written Off

The day Julija was born should have been a day of celebration for Jasmina and Ivica Čuković, a Serbian couple, who had tried for years to have a baby. But the events following their daughter’s birth in a public hospital in Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, left them confused and distraught. After the baby was delivered, no one brought her to her mother. Nobody, not even the doctors , offered an explanation. Nobody brought the newborn back to her mother at feeding times, either. The couple asked about their daughter’s whereabouts and waited anxiously for an answer.

Saudi Led Coalition Needs to Be on Shame List

The United Nations secretary-general should immediately return the Saudi-led coalition to his “list of shame” for violations against children in Yemen, Human Rights Watch and 19 other organizations said today in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On June 6, 2016, the secretary-general announced that he was removing the Saudi-led coalition from his shame list “pending the conclusion of [a] joint review” of the information included in his annual report, published on June 2.

Unaccompanied Child Refugees in Sweden

Unaccompanied migrant children in Sweden are experiencing delays and difficulties in getting critical care and support. Sweden has had an unprecedented increase in the arrival of unaccompanied children, but it should do more to ensure that all unaccompanied children get special protection, including swift processing of their asylum claims. Children are enduring long delays in the appointment of legal guardians to safeguard the child’s best interests and wait months before meeting with a social worker or healthcare provider.

ILO Making A Good Move

The International Labor Conference (ILC) took a decision that may eventually have a big impact on the millions of vulnerable people who work in global supply chains. The ILO agreed to set up a so-called “technical meeting” to consider what “guidance, programmes, measures, initiatives, or standards are needed to promote decent work” in global supply chains.

Obama Helping Kids In Need

It's a challenge making sure that low-income children who get free and reduced-priced meals during the school year continue to get fed during the summer. Government meal programs served 3.8 million children on an average summer day last year — far fewer than the 22 million children who got subsidized meals during the school year. Now, the Obama administration wants to change that.

Chibok, Nigeria gets a Glimmer of Hope

After more than two years, Amina Ali, one of the 276 schoolgirls Boko Haram fighters abducted from a Chibok school in an attack that sparked international outrage, was found this week. She was reportedly identified by a member of a civilian vigilante group assisting Nigerian soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram. Since their abduction on April 14, 2014, only 57 of the girls have managed to escape at various times since being captured; 219 remained hostages, at least until three days ago.

Michigan's Guidelines for LGBT Youth Are Great

On Friday, the Obama Administration made headlines when the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance explaining how public schools should respect the rights of transgender students. The government's guidance has started a debate, but it reflects a lesson that schools across the country have understood for years. Having policies in place to support #@$%, #@$%, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students is crucially important if schools are to make those students feel welcome and engaged in their communities.

Gun Violence is Real

One child or teen dies from a gun every 3 hours and 28 minutes. Gun violence is in children’s lives and remains the second leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1-19. It is something that most people have dealt with to some extent whether positive or negative. Recently I personally was in a lockdown at my University because of an issue with someone having brought a gun onto campus from outside of campus in an attempt to rob somebody. Luckily no one got hurt in the situation, but this is something serious.

LGBT Community in #@$%an Bullied

The #@$%anese government has failed to protect #@$%, #@$%, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students from school bullying. Bullying is widespread and brutal in #@$%an’s schools, yet government policies addressing bullying do not specifically address LGBT students, who are among the most vulnerable to bullying. Instead, the national bullying prevention policy promotes social norms at the expense of basic rights. LGBT students said that teachers have told them that by being openly #@$% or transgender, they are being selfish and should expect not to succeed in school.

Inclusive Education!

As I have briefly mentioned before, students with disabilities often attend segregated schools, isolated from their peers and the community. Many students with disabilities do not attend school at all. In South Africa, this number reaches nearly half a million, as children with disabilities face discriminatory physical barriers and attitudes. Often this begins early in their lives when government officials classify them on the basis of their disabilities, which i blogged about recently.


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