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CRIN - Discrimination

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Listed below are some key ongoing and successful advocacy initiatives challenging an aspect of discrimination against children.

If you have any case studies you would like to contribute, please email We are particularly interested in hearing about examples where children have advocated on their own behalf.

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Campaign to establish a complaints mechanism under the UN CRC
The CRC is the only international human rights treaty with a mandatory reporting procedure which does not have a communications procedure


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Advocacy examples


  • A campaign by the Consortium for Street Children aims to reduce the levels of violence against street-involved children around the world. It includes a call to decriminalise so-called status offences which serve to discriminate against some children. Sign the petition here.


  • Croatia: Homophobic school text books 'discriminatory', rules rights body filed with the European Committee of Social Rights by: INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center for Education, Counseling and Research (CESI), in October 2007.
    Read more here
  • Czech Republic: Govt guilty of forcing Roma children into special schools
    Complaint filed with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of 18 Roma children by the European Roma Rights Centre
    Read more here
  • Stateless children: Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic
    Yean and Bosico v. the Dominican Republic was the first case in which the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled on the prohibition of racial discrimination in access to nationality under the American Convention.
    Read more here.
  • Belgium: Challenging age based discrimination in the exercise by children of their right to freedom of association
    Read more here.
  • European Union: Securing legal protection from age discrimination for children
    Young Equals, December 2008
    Read more here.

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