Young Generation

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

In Lebanon’s Tripoli, culture defeats youth radicalization

A general view shows the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh, a Sunni Muslim district, in the foreground and Jabal Mohsen, a mainly Alawite neighbourhood, in the background of the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli on August 23, 2012. Fresh fighting erupted in Bab al-Tabbaneh leaving one dead and two wounded, a security source said, despite a truce to halt days of violence between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO        (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/GettyImages)

In October 2016, the online initiative Ta3a Sob El Fan (Come to Art) began to highlight the creativity of Tripoli’s youth by sharing poems, drawings, songs and video clips created by children and teenagers from the northern Lebanese city. Florence Massena Al Monitor It was an occasion to encourage the youth to spread their ideas, as well as to show the rest of Lebanon that Tripoli is not only about war. Tripoli is often In Lebanon’s Tripoli… Read More »

Stop recruiting child soldiers in Iraq

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Child recruitment is losing hearts and minds, and it is costing boys and girls dearly. Al Jazeera News Zama Coursen-Neff “Daoud” said he wanted to fight “for revenge” after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept into Iraq’s Sinjar district in August 2014, killing thousands of adherents of the Yazidi religious minority and taking thousands… Stop recruiting child… Read More »

Japan – a wealthy nation with poor children

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NGOs and volunteers say increasing numbers of young Japanese are existing below the poverty line and that the government should be doing more to tackle a problem with major implications for society. Julian Ryall reports. Julian Ryall (Tokyo) Deutsche Welle Given its status as one of the wealthiest nations in the… Japan – a wealthy… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

Wonder and Worry, as a Syrian Child Transforms

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Canada welcomes Syrian refugees like no other country. The New York Times By CATRIN EINHORN and JODI KANTOR  But for one 10-year-old’s parents, is she leaving too much behind? TORONTO — As soon as Bayan Mohammad, a… Wonder and Worry… Read More »

Teachers PROTEST against plans to merge schools to create ‘socially diverse’ community

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TEACHERS and parents of pupils at a school in Paris went on strike to protest against government plans with would see their school combined with another to create a more “socially diverse” environment. Express Zoe Efstathiou Under a new scheme, government ministers want to create “multicolleges”, which involves combining schools to promote mixed social and cultural demographics in order to stop some communities becoming ghettos. Merging Paris’ Marie Curie college with… Teachers PROTEST against plans to… Read More »

Teenager moved to Barwon prison from youth detention had human rights infringed, judge says

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A teenager being detained in a temporary youth justice unit at Victoria’s maximum security prison has had his human rights infringed, a Supreme Court judge has found. ABC Emma Younger The teenager, who cannot be identified, applied for bail last week after being moved to the Grevillea Unit at Barwon Prison, a newly designated youth justice centre. Dozens of youth were moved there after the… Teenager moved to Barwon prison from… Read More »

NT Royal Commission told building more youth detention facilities won’t solve juvenile justice issues

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Building more youth detention facilities is not the solution to the juvenile justice problems in the Northern Territory, a royal commission has heard. NT News Former Queensland Corrective Services director-general Keith Hamburger says more of the same will not work. “It’s like when you’re taking medicine that’s not… NT Royal Commission told building more… Read More »

Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

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Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by police, as community grapples with Apex stigma

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Deng Maleek, a university-educated youth worker, was on his way to meet with police to discuss issues facing the South Sudanese community, when he was pulled over and asked to provide his registration papers. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The young South Sudanese man said the officers who stopped him implied he was an Apex gang member, an experience he described as not uncommon amongst his peers. “Young people of Sudanese background find… Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by… Read More »

Canadian military to get guidelines on dealing with child soldiers

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Excerpts of the new guidelines say the “aim is to provide the interim guidance required to address and mitigate the broad challenges posed by the presence of child soldiers in areas where we may undertake missions.” The Star By Tonda MacCharles, Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—Canada’s top soldier is issuing the first-ever guidelines for Canadian military to… Read More »

Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on poofter-bashing

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I was only eight years old when I realised I was straight. SMH John Birmingham Of course, I didn’t think of it like that. My thoughts ran more along the lines of… Tyrone Unsworth death shines harsh light on… Read More »

Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on decision to move teens to Barwon Prison

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The Victorian Government has backed down on its plan to transfer Indigenous teenagers involved in recent riots at a youth detention centre to a maximum-security prison. ABC Emma Younger It has settled a legal case lodged by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service on behalf of Aboriginal teenagers moved to a segregated wing of Barwon Prison. The Government had planned to… Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on… Read More »

Child sexual abuse scandal rocks English football as former players allege existence of paedophile rings

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A child abuse scandal is threatening to engulf professional football clubs in England, with former players alleging the existence of paedophile rings that operated unchecked. ABC Lisa Millar Several former professional players have come forward to reveal they were abused as children while playing for their clubs. Andy Woodward was the first to… Child sexual abuse scandal rocks English football as… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »