CRI and the Lasallian Foundation
Children's Rights International (CRI) and the Lasallian Foundation share a common commitment to improving the rights of children throughout the world. CRI has supported the Foundation’s work in Tamil Nadu and in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by providing media assistance. 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...
Projects in Tamil Nadu, India, supported by the Lasallian Foundation
Projects in Tamil Nadu, India, supported by the Lasallian Foundation 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...
Children’s Rights International Initiative: Child Protection and Child Justice in Vietnam
Children’s Rights International Initiative: Child Protection and Child Justice in Vietnam 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...
Ovava Limited: advancing of bilateral relationships between Australia and the South Pacific region
Ovava Limited: advancing of bilateral relationships between Australia and the South Pacific region 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...
Legal Aid of Cambodia’s (LAC) juvenile justice project in the Battambang region
Legal Aid of Cambodia’s (LAC) juvenile justice project in the Battambang region The justice system in Cambodia lacks structure as local authorities and police have very little expertise and no basic legal knowledge of children’s rights or legal documents. Once children are arrested and detained by the police, they are typically “punished” in some extrajudicial way if the offence is minor. If a child is prosecuted and enters the court system, the lack of a separate juvenile justice system...
A visit to Herat Afghanistan
A visit to Herat Afghanistan By Bill Jackson Afghanistan is described as the most dangerous country in the world and there are good reasons for this. War has been the constant companion of its people for three decades and the situation is unlikely to improve once the Western powers withdraw, as they are likely to start doing as early as next year. As I write the Taliban, and various tribal warlords who wield considerable power, are resurgent and struggling for authority. Their previous...
Children's Rights International in Cambodia and Vietnam
Children's Rights International in Cambodia and Vietnam Children’s Rights International has been working on the ground in Cambodia with its partner Legal Aid Cambodia (LAC) since 2005. CRI’s current priority, after extensive consultation, is to help establish a Child Friendly Court system in Cambodia. Since that time, with the support of the Cambodian Ministry of Justice, the Child Justice Working Group, the NGO Working Group on Child Justice, the Australian Embassy, AusAID, and UNICEF,...
CRI's Man in Phnom Penh
Touch Chiva (LAC), Denzil Sprague (CRI), Kimleng Ouk (LAC), Frank Meredith (CRI), Bill Jackson (CRI), Run Saray (LAC) and Op Vibol (LAC) at the opening of CRI's new Cambodian office. CRI's Man in Phnom Penh By Margaret Harrison, CRI Board Member CRI now has a country representative in Phnom Penh to assist us in a voluntary capacity with the many and varied administrative tasks associated with the conduct of our Cambodian juvenile justice project. Denzil Sprague is an Australian business man and...