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International law and domestic human rights litigation in Africa - Magnus Killander (editor)

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The role of international law in the development of children’s rights in South Africa: A children’s rights litigator’s perspective (Chapter 10). Karabo Ngidi

 

United Nations

United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child
An international convention that has been ratified by almost all of the nations of the world, including South Africa
 
Committee on the Rights of the Child (United Nations website)
This Committee develops various General Comments relating to the rights of children
 
United Nations Guidelines For The Prevention Of Juvenile Delinquency
A set of international guidelines for nations to guide the prevention of children becoming involved in crime. Also known as the "Riyadh Guidelines"

United Nations Rules For The Protection Of Juveniles Deprived Of Their Liberty
A set of international rules relating to the care and treatment of all children who have been placed in facilities from which they cannot leave at will. Also known as the "JDLs"

United Nations Minimum Rules For The Administration Of Juvenile Justice
A set of international minimum rules for the administration of juvenile justice. Also known as the "Beijing Rules"
 
 

African Charter

African Charter On The Rights And Welfare Of Children
A regional charter ratified by numerous African nations, including South Africa
 
 

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11 August 2017

Law concerning child's biological origins under scrutiny

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In November 2016, the CCL obtained a judgment from the Constitutional Court concerning surrogacy and the child's right to know their biological origins. The CCL had argued that the genetic link required for a surrogacy in South Africa should remain, as this would allow the child to know an aspect of their biological origins, as protected in international law.

The same issue is now being debated by the South African Law Reform Commission who has asked for comments from the public. The CCL will submit comments to the SALRC at the end of this month.

Read newspaper articles on the issue here:

"The child and the egg" - 10 August 2017

"New report hots up debate on anonymity of sperm donors" - 31 July 2017

"Should sperm or egg donors remain anonymous?" - 30 July 2017

 

 

10 August 2017

Unconstitutional funding cuts to schools

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The Legal Resources Centre, on behalf of the Centre for Child Law and an Eastern Cape school, have launched an application in the Grahamstown High Court to declare the decision made by the Eastern Cape Department of Education to stop funding learners without identity documents, passport or permit numbers unconstitutional. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2urckkN

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