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UN high commissioner notes help for world’s children falling short

POSTED January 15, 2019

UN high commissioner notes help for world’s children falling short

Too many children still face trafficking, forced labour, child marriage and more

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Children around the world are still not enjoying the rights they deserve, noted Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights at the 80th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva this week.

“In almost every context, children are still viewed as passive recipients of care, their voices dismissed or ignored,” said the commissioner, noting neo-natal mortality, trafficking and slavery were threatening children’s safely around the world.

She added that the number children trafficking for forced labour is increasing and millions of girls are becoming mothers.

“We need the power, the clarity, the foresight and the good sense of these children and adolescents to help us overturn many current trends,” Bachelet said. “Empowering them, respecting their dignity and upholding their rights benefits everyone.”

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