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Senate committee calls for children's commissioner to protect rights

Canadian Press, November 2, 2005

OTTAWA (CP) - A Senate committee says Canada needs a children's commissioner to protect the rights of young people.

In an interim report Thursday, the human rights committee recommends that a commissioner monitor Canada's progress on implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The independent appointee, reporting annually to Parliament, would conduct ongoing reviews of federal legislation, services, and funding for programs affecting children and their rights.

Senator Raynell Andreychuk, who chaired the committee, says a commissioner is essential so children can tell their true stories to Canadians.

"We have come to the conclusion from our studies that children are without voice and without vote and consequently their rights have been impaired," she said.

The senators also call for an interdepartmental working group for children's rights to co-ordinate activities, policies, and laws.

The senators plan to continue hearings across Canada next year, focusing on children who are medically fragile, disabled, exploited and caught in conflict.

CYF project halves child suicide rate

The New Zealand Herald, BY LEAH HAINES, October 10, 2004

A three-year project by welfare and health agencies has halved the rate of suicide among some of the country's most at-risk children.

Researchers say the project has the potential to put a massive dent in New Zealand's youth suicide rate - currently the highest in the developed world.

The results of the Towards Well Being suicide monitoring project were due to be presented to an international conference on youth suicide this weekend and are expected to gain global attention. Read More ..