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The Words of a Child…

I had no rights As I sat under a tree on day A man offered me sweets and Took me away. In a cupboard I was locked It seemed forever the light blocked. I had to work day and night We couldn't out up a fight. I didn't have no food When the man was […]

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The United States and The Rights of the Child

The United States and The Rights of the Child

“The well-being of children requires political action at the highest level. We are determined to take that action.” , World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, 1990 As I mentioned in my last blog with the exception of the US and Somalia the UN party countries have signed and ratified the convention […]

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Convention on the Rights of the Child

“Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.” , Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights I know anyone reading this blog has an interest in the welfare of our children and I know most of you understand their fundamental rights.  However […]

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Khalid Sheik Mohammed and others to face review at Gauntanamo Bay

Khalid Sheik Mohammed and others to face review at Gauntanamo Bay

The US announced that it will hold Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT's) for 14 suspects transferred from "black sites' operated overseas by the Central Intelligence Agency. Among these detainees are Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a senior al-Qa'ida officer and member of the Hamburg cell implicated in […]

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Australian David Hicks charged with war crimes

Australian David Hicks charged with war crimes

The US Defense Department revamped its initial charges against David M. Hicks, an Australian national, held at Guantanamo Bay for the past five years, in violation of the laws of war.  Mr. Hicks was initially charged with "conspiracy to commit war crimes; attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy."  The new charges […]

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Welcome to the Children's Blog

Welcome to the Children's Blog

Something to Think About: Whose responsibility is a child?  The parents’ or guardians’, the state's, the international community's, the church's?  Who protects the child who lives alone on the streets or the child who is forced into slavery?  Who watches the child who lives each day staring death in the eye, as he fights a […]

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ICJ absolves Serbia for Bosnian Atrocities

ICJ absolves Serbia for Bosnian Atrocities

In July 1995, in the United Nations mandated "safe area' of Srebrenica, Serbian forces summarily executed some 8,000 Bosnian men. The forces of the Army of Republika Srpska, led by General Ratko Mladic (still at large in Bosnia for war crimes), "stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their […]

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Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Jeopardy

Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Jeopardy

The Khmer Rouge was an extremist Communist power that was the ruling party, under Pol Pot, in Cambodia from 1975-1979. The Khmer Rouge sought to establish a "New People" through isolation from outside influence. They tried to exploit communist ideals to create a classless society by way of an agrarian utopia through isolation, hard labor, […]

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Hello world!

Hello Blog Readers! Welcome to the Children's Blog, my name is Cassandra Clifford.  I'm very excited to be one of the eight blogger/writers for the Foreign Policy Association's "Great Decisions" 2007 series.   I hold an MA in International Relations and have spent much of my career dealing with various topics in Central and Eastern Europe, mostly […]

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ICC Indicts Suspects in Darfur

ICC Indicts Suspects in Darfur

Roughly beginning in 2003, the Janjaweed paramilitary force in Sudan began a systematic cleansing campaign against the Fur, Zaghawa, and Massaleit ethnic groups in Darfur. Accusations of genocide have been widely circulated since the conflict began; many human rights groups cite some 400,000 deaths from the conflict, with millions displaced. In January, 2005, The International […]

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