Article 12


Article 12

Article 12 was a youth-led children's rights organisation based in England. Its main aim was to ensure the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child UNCRC.

About

The group was run by a steering committee and used advocacy, participation and consultation to ensure the rights of young people were heard by decision makers. It was founded after a young people's rights conference in Greenwich, London (England) and was run by and for young people aged 18 and under. The administrative duties of Article 12 were run by CRAE (Children's Rights Alliance for England).

The group's most high profile campaigns included 'Stop Smacking Us' (challenging Reasonable Chastisement) when it led a rally in Westminster to 10 Downing Street with 100 children. Its members have represented the United Kingdom at several United Nation's sessions. In 1999 Daisy Thomas and David Joseph Henry took part in 10th commemorative meeting of the UNCRC in Geneva. In 2001 James Anderson and Lucy Mason took part in the Special Session on Children in New York. Many of its key members have gone on to become Human Rights activists.

This organisation is no longer active but its work continues through CRAE and work of former members who continue to work in the young people's rights movement.

See also

Article 12 in Scotland

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/713992.stm BBC News | UK | Children in anti-smacking protest]
* [http://www.crights.org,uk Children's Rights Alliance for England]
* [http://www.unhchr.ch/tbs/doc.nsf/(Symbol)/63b0febc513f784d8025682d005c8fca?Opendocument United Nations: Summary record of the 574th Meeting]


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