Crimes Against Children – Global Issues

Children from marginalized ethnic, linguistic and religious groups in the 22 low- and middle-income countries analyzed lag far behind their peers in reading skills. Credit: Brian Moonga/IPS
  • By Baher Kamal (Madrid)
  • Inter Press Service

Nevertheless, children are victims of all kinds of atrocities everywhere and every day. See how.

On the eve of this year’s November 20 World Children’s Day, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that racism and discrimination against children based on ethnicity, language and religion is widespread in all countries of the world.

In its report: Rights Denied: The Impact of Discrimination on Children, the world’s largest children’s rights body, reveals the staggering impact of discrimination on children and the extent to which racism and discrimination affect their access to education, health, and registered children’s rights. birth and fair and equal justice system.

It also highlights widespread inequalities between minorities and ethnic groups.

A lifetime of pain: UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said: “Systemic racism and discrimination put children at risk of lifelong deprivation and exclusion. “It hurts us all.”

Ethnicity, language, religion: The report shows that children from marginalized ethnic, linguistic and religious groups in the 22 low- and middle-income countries analyzed lag far behind their peers in reading skills.

Left behind: On average, students aged 7 to 14 from the most advantaged group are more than twice as likely as those from the least advantaged group to have basic reading skills.

UNICEF’s analysis of data on the rate of children registered at birth – a prerequisite for access to basic rights – found significant differences between children of different religious and ethnic groups.

Black children are not children: In a report presented to the UN General Assembly on November 8, 2022, UN Human Rights experts explained how children of African descent “are not even considered children in the eyes of the law”.

“The unresolved legacy of trade and trafficking of enslaved Africans, as well as colonialism, post-colonial apartheid and segregation, continues to harm these children today.”

deprivation: Discrimination and exclusion deepen intergenerational deprivation and poverty and lead to poorer health, nutrition and learning outcomes for children, increased likelihood of incarceration, higher pregnancy rates among teenage girls and lower employment and earnings in adulthood.

‘Poverty’, humiliation, stigma: Like racism and sexism, “poverty” should be illegal, Olivier de Schutter, the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said in a recent report to the world body.

“People are stereotyped and discriminated against just because they are poor. Frankly, this hurts and tarnishes our society.”

Needless to say, children are among those most affected by impoverishment, humiliation and stigmatization.

No vaccine: While COVID-19 has exposed deep injustices and discrimination around the world, and the effects of climate change and conflict continue to reveal injustice in many countries, UNICEF highlights how discrimination and exclusion persist for millions of children from ethnic and minority groups. . immunization, water and sanitation services,

Condemned to the darkness of ignorance: More than two-thirds of 10-year-olds cannot read and understand simple text. While educational centers are victims of armed attacks, 244 million children are still out of school.

More gruesome findings

In addition to all the atrocities committed against the most innocent and defenseless people – children – more crimes continue to be committed with impunity worldwide.

The following are just some tragic examples.

A billion children experiences some form of emotional, physical or sexual abuse each year.

Every seven minutes a child dies from violence.

Millions of children have been displaced from their homes as a result of the armed conflict. These children are at high risk of serious violations in and around camps and other shelters.

Stifled, abandoned, stranded: Children are often forced to migrate with their parents to escape armed conflicts they did not cause, severe droughts, floods and landslides. Children suffocate to death on the way to hell, and those who survive are often separated from their families and thrown across borders.

Violence Without Borders: Child abuse knows no boundaries of culture, class or education. This happens against children in institutions, schools and at home. The rise of peer violence and cyberbullying is also a concern.

Isolation, loneliness, fear: Abused children live in isolation, loneliness and fear, they don’t know where to turn for help, especially when it’s someone close to them who commits the crime.

Hunted in refugee camps: Trafficking in the lives of the most vulnerable, criminal gangs turn to refugee camps to prey on vulnerable children and young people for human trafficking, smuggling, enslavement and the sale of their organs to make money.

Slavery: Millions of children are forced into forced labor and involved in extremely dangerous jobs. 70 percent of boys and girls living in rural areas are workers.

Impunity

All these crimes are committed against innocent children. And remain unpunished.

No wonder the world is so busy talking about weapons, wars, oil, gas, carbon, concentration of food markets, more technology and the further digitization of all aspects of life.

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