children's rights

Caught on camera: Yemeni teacher gives 200 students a thrashing

 
A video of what initially appears to be a sport class quickly takes on a more disturbing tone. Amateur video footage from a high school in Taiz, southwest Yemen, shows a teacher giving students thrashings with a cane. Read more...

Video of Ethiopian grandmother beating young girl thrusts child abuse into spotlight

 
A recent video of a grandmother slapping, pushing and punching her young granddaughter in Ethiopia has horrified the country’s Internet community, prompting a flurry of online activism. Yet in a country where less than one percent of the population has access to the Internet, our Observer questions whether good intentions in the digital world can have a real world impact. Read more…
 
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Has ‘suicide bomber’ replaced ‘cops and robbers’?

 
An amateur video circulating on the Internet of children apparently play-acting a suicide bombing somewhere in the mountainous region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has ignited a debate across British media. However, Pakistani Observers have raised questions over the authenticity of the video, arguing it could be a propaganda tool to “influence public opinion in Europe and the US”. Read more...
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Wrath of Syrian Web users puts abusive teachers in the spotlight

An amateur video showing the physical abuse suffered by pupils at the hands of their teachers caused such a stir on the Syrian web that the Minister of Justice was forced to order an investigation. Read more...

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Chewing narcotic khat leaves… that your dad gave to you

Videos of children chewing khat leaves are making the rounds on the web. The mildly narcotic plant has been consumed for centuries in Yemen, but in recent years, consumers have become increasingly young, with some children being given the leaves by their own parents. Read more and see the videos...

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China’s tobacco sponsored schools

The World Health Organisations (WHO) estimates that a third of the world's smokers live in China. Cigarette brands are such an integral part of the establishment, that even infant schools carry their names. Read more...

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Are toddlers safe in a crèche?

CCTV footage installed in a crèche in Italy has exposed the abuse of the toddlers at the hand of their carers, reviving the debate over the regulation of day care for young children. Read more and watch the video...

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UK to follow Australian apology for ‘Lost Innocents’?

It was an emotional day for Australia on Monday when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd publicly apologised to the estimated 500,000 children who were abused in government institutions between the 1930s and 1970s - what he called "The absolute tragedy of childhoods lost". Read more...

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Breaking the silence on paedophilia

"A Very Important Film": With this intriguing title, the latest clip from the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights broaches a highly taboo subject in the country - paedophilia. Read more...

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