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More States ratify optional protocols to UN convention on children’s rights

More States ratify optional protocols to UN convention on children’s rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Twenty additional countries have ratified the optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, while 15 States have became parties to the optional protocol on children in armed conflict since the launch of the campaign...

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Up to 40,000 children mine gold in Mali

Up to 40,000 children mine gold in Mali | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a statement, HRW said that “children as young as six dig mining shafts, work underground, pull up heavy weights of ore, and carry, crush, and pan ore.”

It also said that many children “work with mercury, a toxic substance, to separate the gold from the ore. Mercury attacks the central nervous system and is particularly harmful to children.”

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