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The rights of minority, indigenous and migrant children

The Centre continued its research into the rights of minority, indigenous and migrant children in 1999. Country profiles on the situation of immigrant children in six European states were completed and consolidated, ready for dissemination in 2000. An in-depth study of the role of education in ethnic conflict, The Two Faces of Education, was also completed and will be published shortly as an Innocenti Insight. Conference on Non-Discrmination In partnership with the Regione Toscana and the Italian Committee for UNICEF, the Centre organized an international conference in Florence on 10 December 1999 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Conference, No Ordinary Decade for Children’s Rights, focused on the theme of non-discrimination, the principle highlighted in Article Two of the Convention. Ten young rights activists from Australia, Canada, Romania, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and West Bank and Gaza took part in the meeting, with support from CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency. They were joined by five Italian youth participants, and thousands of Tuscan schoolchildren listened while the young people took part in a round-table discussion led by the Italian television personality Red Ronnie. The youth participants later joined international experts and practitioners in workshops to discuss the discrimination confronting the children of indigenous peoples, minorities, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and children affected by ethnic violence. The discussions culminated in the agreement of the Florence Declaration – a statement of principles to tackle the problems facing minority children – and a Youth Statement drawn up by the young participants.

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