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This research, commissioned by
the Nordic National Committees for UNICEF, examines to what extent the rights
of asylum-seeking children are respected and protected in Denmark, Finland,
Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The report reviews relevant national legislative
and policy frameworks; examines how these are implemented; documents good
practices; and highlights gaps in national standards and their compliance to
international standards. It makes some broad recommendations on how to
strengthen and extend legal, policy and practice frameworks to ensure the full
realization and protection of child asylum seekers’ rights and entitlements in
the Nordic region. It further provides country-specific detailed, practical
recommendations on how to ensure protection and welfare for asylum-seeking
children. It makes country-specific recommendations on how legal, policy and
practice frameworks can be strengthened to ensure full protection of children’s
rights and entitlements.
This paper takes stock of legal and policy frameworks for adolescents in the eight countries of South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The eight countries display a rich diversity of cultural, historical, political, social and economic institutions, which is reflected in their national legal and policy frameworks for adolescents. This paper sheds light on the similarities and differences among South Asian countries regarding the translation of international human rights law into their national normative frameworks, and aims to provide a nuanced understanding of how ‘adolescent-sensitive’ their legal and policy frameworks are.
Jasmina Byrne; Daniel Kardefelt Winther; Sonia Livingstone; Mariya Stoilova
With children making up an estimated one third of internet users worldwide, living in the ‘digital age’ can have important implications for children’s lives. Currently, close to 80 per cent of people in Europe, North America and Australia have internet access, compared with less than 25 per cent in some parts of Africa and South Asia. The international community has recognized the importance of internet access for development, economic growth and the realization of civil rights and is actively seeking ways to ensure universal internet access to all segments of society. Children should be an important part of this process, not only because they represent a substantial percentage of internet users but also because they play an important part in shaping the internet. The internet in turn plays an important part in shaping children’s lives, culture and identities.