UN Human Rights Council: Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights

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At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children have been recorded in some 80 countries in 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.

The UN Human Rights Council’s June 2017 panel discussion raised the issues facing unaccompanied minors – and the need to protect the rights of migrant children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Unicef report card 14: Building the Future – Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries

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One in three British children are in ‘multi-dimensional poverty,’ finds a June 2017 Unicef report.  Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries (pdf) says that the UK has some of the highest levels of hunger and deprivation among the world’s richest nations

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Fawcett Society: Letter to Theresa May on the DUP and Abortion Rights

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‘We urge you – do not allow the clock to be turned back on women’s rights, and do not turn your back on the women of Northern Ireland.’

The Fawcett Society has, with other women’s organisations, issued an open letter to the Prime Minister on abortion rights. This June 2017 letter has been prompted by the General Election results, itself prompted by upcoming Brexit negotiations and news that Theresa May is seeking to strike a deal with the DUP, a party that opposes abortion.

Read the full letter.

European Commission consultation: Promoting Social Inclusion and Shared Values Through Learning

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The European Commission has launched a May 2017 consultation on social inclusion and shared values for young people. And in particular, how education and non-formal learning can help create more socially cohesive societies.

Submissions must be made by 11 August 2017.

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Natalie Sedacca: Civil liberties and human rights – what’s at stake in the UK’s 2017 General Election?

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Natalie Sedacca is a solicitor specialising in Civil Liberties and tweets at @nataliesedacca.

With the June 2017 general election fast approaching, and the contest looking closer than anticipated, Natalie Sedecca looks at the issue of human rights and civil liberties. She offers a snapshot of some key debates and areas of disagreement, with its main focus on the positions of the two major parties as set out in their manifestos and other recent announcements.

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Mencap General Election guides: Easy Read Guide to Voting and Campaigning

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In preparation for the 2017 general election, Mencap has published three guides around voting and campaigning. They include one for people with a learning disability on registering to vote and voting itself, a guide for those supporting people with a learning disability and an easy read guide to campaigning.

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