Family, children and youth

Family, children and youth policy and administration

Child Protection Unit forms online group to fight cyber exploitation

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) has established Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) – an online group created to combat any form of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. In a Facebook post on Saturday where he made the announcement, ICU operations director James McCabe said ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-unit-forms-online-group-fight-cyber-exploitation

NGOs note children’s rights achievements

The Joining Force Alliance, a coalition of six large organisations focusing on children’s rights, issued a report yesterday praising Cambodia’s achievements in defending children’s rights over the past three decades. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50661318/ngos-note-childrens-rights-achievements/

Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.​​​​ The spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in mobile phone ...

Matt Blomberg
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-sexcrimes-children/cambodia-feared-lagging-behind-predators-in-cybersex-trafficking-crackdown-idUSKCN1VW00B

Cambodia launches campaign to end child labor in brick industry

Cambodia has launched a campaign to end child labor in the brick industry by 2020, a move industry observers cautiously welcome while expressing doubts the goal will be achieved, and calling for more structural changes. ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodia-launches-campaign-to-end-child-labor-in-brick-industry/5074617.html

Report: MFI loans force land sales, increase in child labour

A report from local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) claimed that the increasing levels of debt caused by taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) is forcing rural families to sell off land. The study also claimed that the sharp rise in debt ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/report-mfi-loans-force-land-sales-increase-child-labour

New joint committee to tackle child abuse

Ministries and child protection NGOs have jointly established a committee on the Implementation of an Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation spokesman Touch Channy said. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-joint-committee-tackle-child-abuse

Some 30K child workers saved

A senior official of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said on Wednesday that around 30,000 Cambodian children had been rescued from the most serious forms of hard labour in the Kingdom over the past five years. A further 180,000 had been prevented from ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/some-30k-child-workers-saved

Violence against kids raised

Some 200 children and youths from 13 provinces gathered in the capital on Monday to express their concerns over ongoing use of violence against children. Civil society organisations, meanwhile, called for more collaboration with local communities and authorities to address the issue. The concerns were ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/violence-against-kids-raised

Japan donates $2M to child violence project

The governments of Cambodia and Japan, along with Unicef, on Tuesday jointly launched a project to prevent violence against minors. It aims to accelerate action to end all forms of it in the Kingdom, with more than one million vulnerable children increasingly protected. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-donates-2m-child-violence-project

Cambodian children still vulnerable to sex abuse by foreigners: NGO

Samleang Seila, executive director of APLE, yesterday during a workshop said that developing countries do not yet have concrete means to discourage and prevent the sexual abuse of children. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50563914/cambodian-children-still-vulnerable-to-sex-abuse-by-foreigners-ngo/

NGO pacts to promote children’s rights

The Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday signed agreements with three NGOs to promote Cambodian children’s rights and their studies in the community. The NGOs were MIKI Home Cambodia, New Hope For Cambodia Children, and Meta and Mission Community. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50504864/ngo-pacts-to-promote-childrens-rights/

Boost child rights: Hun Sen

As International Children’s Day and the World Day Against Child Labour draw near, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on ministries, institutions and local authorities to prevent violations of children’s rights and to take action to protect children from all forms of violence while promoting ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50494033/boost-child-rights-hun-sen/

Call for action against domestic violence

Civil society organisations yesterday asked the government to strengthen legal measures against perpetrators of violence against women and children.The request was made at the 2018 One Billion Rising Campaign at the Chenla Theatre in Phnom Penh, where more than 300 people gathered to discuss protecting ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108047/call-action-domestic-violence/

Success of project to get marginalised children into classrooms lauded

Four years ago, a consortium of NGOs in Cambodia identified 57,000 marginalised children who, for various reasons, were not attending school, and put them into classrooms. Today, more than 90 percent of them are still attending classes, an achievement lauded during the Cambodia Consortium for ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/success-project-get-marginalised-children-classrooms-lauded

Child protection plan rolled out

The government unveiled a long-awaited national plan to combat violence against children yesterday, four years after a countrywide survey revealed that more than half of children in Cambodia are physically abused. ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-plan-rolled-out

Street children miss school

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation on Saturday published a report into the challenges faced by children working on the streets of Phnom Penh, many of whom are unable to attend school and suffer multiple health problems. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081248/street-children-miss-school/

Project offers children education in remote areas

Plan International Cambodia has launched a three-year project to help young children living in remote and disadvantaged areas in Ratanakkiri and Stung Treng provinces receive education and health care services. ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077520/project-offers-children-education-remote-areas/

United Nations envoy to probe children’s rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia will pay her fourth visit to the country from August 8 to 18 to examine children’s rights, among other issues. ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5076543/united-nations-envoy-probe-childrens-rights/

Gaps persist in laws protecting kids: UN

A draft United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report released at a workshop on Monday praises efforts to crack down on sexual abuse of children but calls for measures to curb child pornography.​​ ...

Martin de Bourmont and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gaps-persist-laws-protecting-kids-un

Laws failing young sex exploitation victims

Child sex tourism is continuing to damage the lives of young Cambodians, while the internet is enabling perpetrators to carry out abuse, the Justice Minister has warned.​ ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/40172/laws-failing-young-sex-exploitation-victims/

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