NGOs push to end the human-rights suffering of children caught in the country's judicial system
Carmela Ferraro Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 23 October 2012
Chairman of Children's Rights International and Former Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alastair Nicholson discusses the plan to send up to 1000 asylum seekers to Cambodia on the ABC program, Lateline 18/08/2014.
(Courtesy of ABC - Lateline 18/08/2014)
A copy of the interview can also be viewed on the ABC website (click here to view the interview of the ABC website)
Recently the Lasallian Foundation provided CRI with the essential seed funding necessary to roll out the Child-Friendly Court Project in Cambodia. Legal Aid Cambodia, UNICEF and AusAID are partners in this development. This project has been 5 years in development.
The videotape attachment below is an example of the productive convergence of both organisations’ work. It was produced by CRI.
Lasallian Projects in PNG See http://youtu.be/Fay9JvC-QIU.
Children's Rights International’s Patron, The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, and a volunteer film crew visited Tamil Nadu with Paul Smith, the Lasallian Foundation’s CEO, to produce a film to help the Foundation raise funds for its children’s programmes in India.
These programmes work to assist child labourers, street children, and rejected and orphaned children to help them live safe and full lives.
To contact the Lasallian Foundation:
PO Box 668, Malvern VIC 3144
PH: + 61 (03) 9832 3100
Projects In Tamil Nadu, India supported by the Lasallian Foundation See http://youtu.be/X7L_IQFrcJ4.
In November 2009 the Chair of CRI, the Hon Alastair Nicholson, joined a group from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne visiting Vietnam to examine the issue of child protection and child justice in that country. This involved a visit to the National Paediatric Hospital in Hanoi and attendance at a medical seminar there on the detection of child abuse conducted by Dr Anne Smith of the Royal Children’s Hospital and Professor David Wells of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
He also participated as a co-chair in the first Vietnamese national seminar to be held on the subject of child abuse and child protection.
This intensive seminar involved a number of senior Government officials from various Government Departments and representatives of various NGO’s. The proceedings were opened by Dr Nguyen Duy Khe, the Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Ministry of Health.
The primary presentations were made by Professor Michael Dunne of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who discussed international and Vietnamese data on child abuse. His main thesis was that indicia of international child abuse are showing substantial falls in most countries. He was supported by Dr Nguyen Thanh Huong who described the limitations of current Vietnamese data, mainly in relation to adolescents. Dr Anne Smith and Professor David Wells discussed what programs had been found to be most effective in reducing child abuse.
Originating from the creation of a concept in development since 2001, Ovava Limited was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organisation committed to the advancement of bilateral relationships between Australia and the South Pacific region, focusing its work initially on the Kingdom of Tonga. Ovava is supported by the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC chair of Childrens Rights International and Patron of Ovava.