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Human Rights Council adopts resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

Human Rights Council adopts resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

Resolution recognises child, early and forced marriage as a violation of human rights and calls for strengthened efforts to prevent and eliminate this harmful practice and support married girls Over 85 countries co-sponsored the resolution, including countries with high rates of child marriage Important call to action as States prepare to adopt and implement the Sustainable Developmen....

Four online child abuse probes launched every week in Northern Ireland by police

Four online child abuse probes launched every week in Northern Ireland by police

The PSNI’s Child Internet Protection Team deals with high-end child abuse – depraved images and videos

A specialist police team probing the vilest cases of online child abuse is launching four investigations every week in Northern Ireland.

750,000 UK men want child sex, say crime chiefs: Astonishing figures from UK's 'FBI' reveal that 'one in 35 men may be child abuser'

750,000 UK men want child sex, say crime chiefs: Astonishing figures from UK's 'FBI' reveal that 'one in 35 men may be child abuser'

One in 35 men pose a risk of being a child abuser, Government was warned As many as 250,000 may be sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children So many paedophiles that we are all living near one, top crime official says Home Office Minister says this is a watershed moment for British society

Fury at Facebook 'baby abuse film' site refuses to take down: Company says video showing baby being dunked in water and swung by its head is 'yoga'

Fury at Facebook 'baby abuse film' site refuses to take down: Company says video showing baby being dunked in water and swung by its head is 'yoga'

 

Video shows 'terrified, sobbing baby' being immersed in a bucket of water Facebook says the footage shows 'baby yoga' and does not break its rules Children's charities have demanded a crackdown on child abuse online WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Child sex abuse live streams loophole to be closed

Child sex abuse live streams loophole to be closed

The UK's government aims to tackle the spread of child sexual abuse imagery online by closing a legal loophole.

It has proposed that live video streams of abuse should be punished in the same way that recorded clips already are.

Sydney assistant principal Alex Gollan charged with online grooming and child porn possession

Sydney assistant principal Alex Gollan charged with online grooming and child porn possession

An assistant primary school principal from Sydney's west has been charged with child grooming offences and possession of child pornography.

Homebush Public School teacher Alex Gollan was arrested at a house in Condell Park about 6.30pm on Wednesday, seven months after poli....

Interpol to use Microsoft PhotoDNA to help ID child abuse victims

Interpol to use Microsoft PhotoDNA to help ID child abuse victims

Can identify images even if they have been modified or edited Integration to database for specialised investigators from 46 countries, Europol

Being bullied is 'worse than child neglect or abuse': Youngsters tormented at school are much more likely to suffer anxiety, depression or self-harm

Being bullied is 'worse than child neglect or abuse': Youngsters tormented at school are much more likely to suffer anxiety, depression or self-harm

Bullied children are 5 times more at risk of anxiety than those maltreated They were nearly twice as likely to have depression and self harm Being abused or neglected, but not bullied, was not linked with a higher risk 'Schools, health services and other agencies should join to tackle bullying'

Facebook helps police bust sex predators — because law enforcement needs all the help it can get

Facebook helps police bust sex predators — because law enforcement needs all the help it can get

Former sixth grade social studies teacher David Thompson used to put in some late nights on the computer. But he wasn’t grading papers.

“licking ur thighs inside will get u wet lol,” the 49-year-old Tampa-area teacher pecked in a breathless Facebook IM to a 13-year-old Belizean girl who is identified in court documents as M....

Ayrshire police launch unit to crack down on child abuse

Ayrshire police launch unit to crack down on child abuse

AYRSHIRE police have been drafted into a new specialist unit set up to crackdown on sick child abuse.

Police Scotland launched the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit (NCAIU – a specialised unit to support the investigation of complex child abuse and neglect across Scotland.

Safer Internet Day 2015 was marked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10th February with the motto “Let's create a better internet together”. In accordance with this motto, the SID Committee BiH has marked the Safer Internet Day in cooperation with a partner CSO from the region – the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD) from Osijek, Croatia, and by establishing a specialized web site (www.boljiinternet2015.com) and an application for online competition for elementary school children on the topic of internet security.  The competition consisted of an online quiz for students between V – IX grade with questions related to safe use of the internet, which was active on the day of marking the Safer Internet Day, meaning 10th February from 09:00 until 17:00 o’clock, after which awards and quiz winners were announced on the abovementioned website, generically and through the application for online competition, including children who responded correctly to 80% or more questions.

During the competition, by an interactive map available on the mentioned website, data was visible about the number of children who participated in the quiz and from which cities from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina they come; thus, 3300 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the competition which represent a special success of the SID Committee BiH when it comes to animation of children for participation in the competition.

As a final event for marking the Safer Internet Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015, International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS, in cooperation with partners from SID Committee BiH, realized an Official Ceremony and awards for the winners of the quiz organized regarding the marking of the Safer Internet Day, 24 February 2015, in elementary school „21. mart“ in Matuzici, Doboj Jug from 12:00 until 13:00 o’clock.

In collaboration with Microsoft Bosnia and Herzegovina, valuable awards were provided for the best contestants from our country, including: I award, tablet – awarded student from elementary school „21. mart“, Matuzici; II award, mobile phone – awarded student from elementary school „Kriskovci“, Laktasi; and  III award, camera – awarded student from elementary school „Mesa Selimovic“, Zenica, which were awarded by the Chief of Doboj Jug Municipality, Ms. Jasminka Begic.

The present students, representatives of educational institutions and the media were addresses by Mr. Amir Becic, director of the school „21. mart“, with a short introductory speech, and Ms. Amela Efendic, representing IFS-EMMAUS and SID Committee BiH, gave the present students symbolical consolation prizes.

Activities regarding marking the Safer Internet Day are being realized for the fifth year in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with European network Insafe. Insafe network organizes the marking of this day (Safer Internet Day) every year at the beginning of February with the aim to raise awareness and promotion of safer and a more responsible use of internet technologies and mobile phones, especially amongst children and youth all around the world.

''Today, concerning the pressure of the contemporary society, fast life pace and development of technology, we must be cautious, now more than ever, and take care of our children, educate ourselves and be informed, not just about the advantages, but also about the danger of the internet, organize preventive activities aimed for the children, parents, social workers and the wider social community. It is not much spoken about this topic, and concrete actions are not being taken, which should focus mainly on research, learning about positive and negative sides of the internet as well as about using of internet on a responsible and safe manner. Safer Internet Day is a good example of how to raise awareness on an interesting and appealing way, especially with children, about responsible use of the internet, which is very important for their future development and progress, and also for gaining new knowledge, acquaintances and association with the realization of similar activities. Thus, I publically express my congratulations for the initiative and I wish a lot of success in future work and activities, and I especially congratulate the student which was awarded the first prize and has shown that the students of elementary school „21. mart“ can be very good, if not the best, in everything, and I'm proud of them.'' , as pointed out by the Chief of Doboj Jug Municipality, Ms. Jasminka Begic.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the celebration of the day is organized by the Committee for marking Safer Internet Day (SID, Safer Internet Day, The Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina), a body formed in 2011 with the aim of implementing preventative and promotional activities for the protection of children and youth in their use of information and communication technologies. This body was established by the International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in coordination with the International Organization Insafe – a European network of centers that raise awareness of and promote safe and responsible use of the internet and mobile phones among children and youth. The committee is headed by the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, and its members include representatives of the Communication of Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, IFS-EMMAUS, Save the Children, OneWorldSEE, and Microsoft BiH. Safer Internet Day is just one in a series of activities that these organizations, individually and jointly, have implemented with the aim of educating children and parents about the risks that the internet brings, and how to adequately protect themselves from them.

GALERY

With the aim of raising awareness about the phenomenon of Trafficking in Human Beings, with special emphasis to the necessity of ensuring adequate compensation and protection of rights of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, an extensive regional campaign „Prevent, Protect, Compensate – Justice for Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings“ has been launched, within the regional project „Balkans Act (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!“, which International Forum of Solidarity is implementing since 2012 in cooperation with partner organizations of civil sector from Republic of Serbia, Republic of Croatia, FYR Macedonia, the Netherlands and France.

Within this regional campaign, project partners have created promotional materials in the form of posters, leaflets, videos, a radio jingle and mobile application which accentuate the importance of protecting the victim's rights, and thus, the right to efficient and effective compensation as an extremely important aspect of combating against Trafficking in Human Beings. Special multi-lingual website www.nadoknadimo.org was established with interactive content and useful information on Trafficking in Human Beings and possibilities for compensation for victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in the wider region.

A specially designed mobile application called BAN Human Trafficking targets to draw attention of the youth and to make them more informed regarding the problem of Trafficking in Human Beings in order to learn to recognize risk situations and ways to avoid them. All interested persons can download the application for free via Google Play and iOS App service and get familiar with the various forms of Trafficking in Human Beings through an interactive game as well as different stages of trafficking chain: recruitment, exploitation, leaving the trafficking chain, recovery, reintegration, social inclusion and fighting for rights of trafficked person. By playing with different characters, users are being educated on how to protect themselves, people in their environment and prevent Trafficking in Human Beings in general. Also, a better understanding of the experiences of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings should contribute to reducing discrimination and improving the status of victims in society, government, and in the    judicial system. Besides aforementioned Google play and iOS App services, application BAN Human Trafficking can be downloaded via the above mentioned QR code.

With the support of partner organizations and institutions, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Association of Prosecutors of FBiH and Centre for Criminal Policy Research (CPRC), IFS-EMMAUS, as holder of the project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, started the implementation of the public campaign on 24th November 2014, aimed to improving the mechanism for compensation to victims of Trafficking in Human Beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Synchronized animated music video, created with the purpose of preventing Trafficking in Human Beings and protecting the victim's rights, is being broadcasted three times a day on BHRT1, while radio jingle with the same content is broadcasted five times a day on Radio of Republic of Srpska and Radio of FBiH. Promotional materials in the form of posters and two types of leaflets, regarding the rights of victims of Trafficking in Human Beings and right to compensation, will be distributed during the following period in all major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the campaign through mentioned broadcasters will be radioed until 31st December 2014. In this way, the public campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina will secure that the voices of the victims will be heard louder.

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of its founding, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines held its second annual members' meeting in the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik from 11-13 November. Hosted by the Croatian Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD), the three-day conference was attended by delegations from 34 countries.

Upon opening the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Milanka Opačić said "there are too many cowards abusing children on the Internet", before going over Croatia's efforts in fighting online child sexual exploitation. With a regional focus on tackling child sex trafficking, delegates shared experiences, latest developments and best common practices. Partners and high-level speakers from the OSCE, Facebook, Insafe, the US Marshals, NCMEC or the German BKA all demonstrated that no one can work in isolation and cooperation is a must when it comes to child online protection.

Stronger partnerships with law enforcement and the high-tech industry drive faster and better results. INHOPE's President Amela Efendic said “INHOPE does not seek to do the job of law enforcement agencies. We are a partner to law enforcement in receiving, viewing, analysing, sorting and confirming child sexual abuse images, so they could focus on processing the images confirmed as child abuse.”

“Children of today are on a high level of information literacy, extensively using the Internet for various purposes. That is great, as long as we do our best to make the internet a safer and better place for all of them.”

With the upcoming 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), INHOPE's reporting hotlines, as first responders and advocates, are increasingly recognised as playing a central role in the online safety ecosystem.

GALERY

(Reference: www.inhope.pr.co)

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