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New Year Quiz 2014


1. Which State became the latest to ban corporal punishment of children in all settings?

A: United States.
B: Ireland.
C: Honduras.


2. Which State did the UN refugee agency describe in July as having the “most neglected crisis in the world” which has been “abandoned to its fate”?

A: Syria.
B: Colombia.
C: Central African Republic.


3. What was the 2013 theme of the Human Rights Council’s annual day on the rights of the child?

A: Children’s right to the highest attainable standard of health.
B: Children’s right to the highest attainable standard of health care.
C: Children’s right to the cheapest possible health care.


4. Which four States are known to have legally executed children in conflict with the law in 2013?

A: Bahrain, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United States.
B: Iran, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Saudi Arabia, Yemen.
C: Belarus, Malaysia, Somalia, Yemen.


5. At a UN meeting in March, what did UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describe as a “moral outrage”?

A: The cost of flying between New York and Geneva.
B: The United States’ use of drones.
C: Violence against women and girls.


6. Which head of state resigned from his post in 2013, leaving thousands of alleged cases of child sexual abuse unresolved?

A: Pope Benedict XVI of the Holy See.
B: Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
C: King Juan Carlos I of Spain.


7. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child produced four General Comments in 2013. Which of the following rights issue was NOT among these?

A: Child rights and business.
B: Right to environmental justice.
C: Right to play.


8. What international mechanism will enter into force once it is ratified by one more State?

A: The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention.
B: The Complaints Procedure to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
C: The Complaints Procedure to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.


9. The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, urged world media providers to act more responsibly. What was this in relation to?

A: The social impact of the media’s unhealthy attention to celebrities.
B: The amount of images showing gratuitous violence or nudity in newspapers.
C: Sensationalist news coverage of Roma people that focuses on their ethnicity, which risks fostering further discrimination against them.


10. In which country has the indigenous youth population’s suicide rate been described as “without precedent”?

A: Brazil.
B: Peru.
C: Guatemala.