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Why the Child’s Rights Act still doesn’t apply throughout Nigeria

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock Usang Maria Assim, University of the Western Cape Nigeria adopted the Child’s Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country’s constitution states …

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Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock Moha Ennaji, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah This year about 12 million of the world’s children will be married before they turn 18. UNICEF figures suggest about 18% of them will be boys and about 82% girls. Child marriage is widespread across developing …

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When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist

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Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick? A person capable of planning the Christchurch mosque attacks so methodically may well have mapped the last public chapter, too. By saying little and expressing no real remorse, …

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