Friday, 20 November 2009

The fight to subdue the Scots and for children's rights

20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed in 1989 and has since been ratified by 193 countries. Only the United States and Somalia have yet to adhere to the convention.
The Convention was the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. It spells out the basic human rights that children have everywhere in the world in 54 articles and 2 optional protocols including the right to survival, to develop to the fullest, to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The Convention adheres to four core principles: non-discrimination, devotion to the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of the child.
An official commemorative ceremony will be held in New York today to mark the event.
In an article of the website of UNICEF Dan Seymour, Chief of the Gender and Rights Unit of UNICEF’s Policy and Practice Division, assesses the achievements of the Convention and the remaining challenges.
In Paris, a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Sale gosse!’ is on display at the headquarters of UNESCO (Salle Miro, 7 Place de Fontenoy) until December 10th. A slideshow of some of the photographs is available on the website of Le Figaro.

More Roman military camps in Scotland than in any other European country
There exist at least 225 Roman military camps in Scotland against an estimated 150 in England. The Scotsman reports on the announcement of a new comprehensive survey of Roman remains in Scotland to be carried out by archaeologists from Historic Scotland. It is believed that the survey will uncover previously undiscovered Roman sites boosting the total of officially recognised sites and giving them increased legal protection.

Restoration of Crux Vaticana
The Crux Vaticana was unveiled by the Vatican, yesterday, after a two-year restoration project. The jewel encrusted golden cross is a foot-high and contains what is revered as fragments of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It was given to the people of Rome sometime between 565 and 578 by the Byzantine emperor Justin II. Nicole Winfield reports on the website of The Scotsman.

By Francois Perri, from the exhibition 'sale gosse' held at UNESCO in Paris

No comments:

Blog Directory