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Child Restrained in School

The American Civil Liberties Union recently released footage of an 8-year-old student in Kenton County, Kentucky, shackled and crying in pain. In the video, the third-grader (named only “SR”), is restrained by a pair of handcuffs around his biceps, forcing his arms behind his back. The boy, has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a history of trauma. Children with disabilities receive corporal punishment at a disproportionate rate to their peers. Corporal punishment in public schools is still practiced in 19 U.S. states.

Child Offender At Risk of Execution

Saudi authorities may soon execute a Saudi man for crimes related to a 2011 protest movement, committed when he was only 17. The Specialized Criminal Court sentenced Ali al-Nimr to death in 2014 after convicting him on charges related to a protest in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in 2011. The Saudi news website Okaz reported on September 14, 2015, that a Saudi appeals court and the country’s Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence. The sentence requires the king’s approval before it can be carried out.

Child Soldier Use Is Horrible!

This article was about Ibrahim (not his real name), one of the soldiers, who had been recruited into the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan right after high school, at the age of 17. And a mere few months later he was fighting in Darfur. This was back in 2014 but only now was he interviewed about his experience. He spoke specifically about February 28, 2014 when the RSF began beating civilians, looting property, and burning homes in the village of Hijer Tunjo. Before the attack on Hijer Tunjo, senior commanders gave orders to Ibrahim’s unit that they should abuse the women in the village.

Child Soldiers Still in Use

The United States State Department released a new snapshot of how governments around the world are doing in putting an end to their use of child soldiers. Its 2015 list names eight governments – Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen that are recruiting or using children in their armed forces, or supporting militias or other armed groups that use child soldiers. The number of countries named is down from a high of 10 in 2013, and the State Department notes that child recruitment is decreasing in several countries.

Russia Under The Public Eye

Millions of children across Russia experience the excitement this week of going back to school: reuniting with friends, tackling new subjects, and expanding their knowledge and skills. But for Russia's more than 540,000 children with disabilities, back to school week may mean very little. Physical barriers in schools and communities, discrimination, and a history of isolating children with disabilities in state orphanages and special "corrective" schools mean that many children with disabilities here have limited chances to receive a good education near home.

Children Are Limited

Think back to the last time you saw a child with a disability making their way to school. If you are a parent, have you seen any children with disabilities at your child’s school or daycare? In an article an 8-year-old boy with Down Syndrome has been out of school for nearly two years and finally was offered a place where he will get limited training. But he has a right to go to a mainstream school. Just more than 100 000 children with disabilities are enrolled in ordinary schools in South Africa; nearly 120 000 are in special schools.

Child Marriage is A Global Issue

Last week, Spain raised its minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, and also upped the age for consent from 13 to 16. The BBC said last Thursday that, while only 365 marriages involving people under the age of 16 have occurred in Spain since 2000, there were 2,678 such marriages in the ‘90s and 12,867 in the ‘80s. All I could think when I read those numbers was WHAT. THE. Spain is the 31st richest country in the world. I was so surprised to learn that a developed country like Spain had only just begun to take steps to protect its girls from forced marriage before the age of 16.

South African Children Need Access

Ntsikelelo is small for his age, and quite a handful. One moment, the 8-year old rolls around on the floor, the next instant he paces around the room. His mother, a young woman with dreadlocks hasn’t always been proud of the boy, nor loved him. From birth Ntsikelelo has always been different in more ways than one. Ntsikelelo was diagnosed with Epilepsy at a young age and with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Syndrome (ADHD). Both conditions are treatable.

Russian Schools Need Change

Children with disabilities in Russia face serious obstacles to accessing quality education. Many barriers that can prevent children with disabilities from studying in schools have been found and these include a lack of ramps or lifts to help children enter and move within buildings. The Russian government has said that education for people with disabilities is a priority. Now it’s time to follow through on this pledge to include children with disabilities in schools and in their communities.

Children With Disabilities Not Allowed to Enroll

Qinisela, an 8-year-old South African boy with Down Syndrome, has never attended a day of school. More than 500 000 children did not turn up at school in South Africa today. They didn’t go to school yesterday either. And unless the government starts trying to find them and insure there are schools for them to attend, they won’t be at school tomorrow, next week, or next year either. These, like Qinisela, are South Africa’s children with disabilities. The government has lost track of these poor children.