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Switzerland: Child Allowance

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 22, 2008, Switzerland promulgated the Federal Act on Family Allowances (AMTLICHE SAMMLUNG 131 (2008)). This law increases the paid allowances for children to a minimum of 200 Swiss Francs (about US$181) in all the cantons, and it introduces an educational allowance of at least 250 Swiss Francs (about US$226) per […]

China: Protocol to Child Rights Convention Ratified

(Jan. 3, 2008) China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted a decision on December 29, 2007, to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts. China signed the Protocol on March 15, 2001. The Optional Protocol entered into force on February […]

Chad: French Aid Workers Convicted

(Jan. 2, 2008) Six French aid workers from the organization Zoé's Ark have been convicted of attempting to kidnap more than one hundred children in Chad. The court in N'djamena, Chad's capital, sentenced them to eight years in prison with hard labor and ordered them to pay US$8 million in compensation. They were also found […]

Liberia: U.N. Report Calls for Improved Juvenile Justice System

(Dec. 2, 2007) A November 14, 2007, report issued by the United Nations mission in Liberia states that the country's juvenile justice system needs to be made stronger to protect children's legal rights. As a result of the 14-year civil war, many Liberian public institutions must now be strengthened, including those bodies designed to protect […]