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The list below contains details of organisations working to protect children from discrimination. Each entry includes an example of how they are doing this.

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  • Child Rights and You (CRY) - India
    CRY is a child rights advocacy organisation based in India.

    CRY has a website dedicated to combating gender discrimination.
  • Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA) - Argentina
    CHA is an Argentinian NGO which advocates the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It provides free legal advice, undertakes awareness raising campaigns, and has in-house psychologists who can offer guidance to young people.

    CHA has a special section specialising in children and young people's rights and has recently published a guide for young people with advice on 'coming out' and combating discrimination.
  • Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) - Egypt
    EIPR is a human rights NGO dedicated to freedom of religion, the right to health, privacy and bodily integrity. Its main tools are research, advocacy, campaigning and strategic litigation.

    EIPR recently litigated the case of 14-year-old twin boys, who had their religious affiliation forcibly changed to Islam in official documents when their Christian parents divorced and the father converted to Islam.
  • European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) - Hungary
    ERRC is an international public interest law organisation engaging in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma.

    In response to a complaint filed against the Czech Republic by 18 Roma children, who were represented by ERRC, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in November 2007 that segregating Roma students into special schools is a form of unlawful discrimination in breach of Article 14 of the European Convention.
  • INTERIGHTS - United Kingdom
    INTERIGHTS defends and promotes human rights and freedoms worldwide through the use of international and comparative law.

    INTERIGHTS recently filed a case with the European Committee of Social Rights against Croatia over the country's limited curriculum covering sex education which discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. The case was brought in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center for Education, Counseling and Research (CESI).
  • Open Society Justice Initiative
    The Open Society Justice Initiative combines litigation, legal advocacy, technical assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge to promote human rights, including the right to citizenship and the right to be free from ethnic discrimination.

    For example, the Justice Initiative filed a brief to help secure a landmark ruling in 2005 in the case of Dilcia Yean and Violeta Bosico v. Dominican Republic where the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that racial discrimination in access to nationality constitutes a breach of the American Convention of Human Rights.
  • Save the Children Sweden
    Save the Children Sweden promotes children's right to non-discrimination throughout its work.

    Save recently published a guide to using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of children, which includes guidance on promoting the rights of children with disabilities to non-discrimination. The guide was published together with Save the Children UK on behalf of the Alliance.
  • Young Equals - United Kingdom
    Young Equals, a coalition of UK charities, campaigns to get protection from age discrimination for children and young people.

    Young Equals is currently lobbying the UK government to get children included in the Equality Bill and campaigned to get children included in the EU anti-discrimination directive.