Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: Children’s rights

  • To Share or Not to Share, That’s the Question

    To Share or Not to Share, That’s the Question

    Researchers from Leiden Law School have visited 59 court of appeal cases concerning children’s placements in alternative care. The research shows that although many children are heard in private by a judge, the issue of confidentiality is problematic.
  • Children’s Rights Cities

    Children’s Rights Cities

    Cities are becoming more important on the world stage. How are international human rights and children’s rights given meaning by local governments and citizens in cities?
  • Bathroom wars and the role of agency in gender identity

    Bathroom wars and the role of agency in gender identity

    Bathroom access has become the new battle ground for LGBT rights in America. In finding a resolution, judges and lawmakers should not overlook the role that agency can play in empowering children to express their gender identity.
  • Effective participation of refugee children

    Effective participation of refugee children

    The number of refugee children is on the rise and many find themselves in a particularly vulnerable situation. Allowing effective participation of refugee children in legal procedures can enhance understanding of complex asylum procedures and decisions.
  • A generation of invisible children

    A generation of invisible children

    Statelessness is a crucial issue nowadays and not just in the context of the refugee crisis. Children are particularly affected by the negative consequences of the deprivation of nationality. How can states take action to improve this situation?
  • Children’s Rights and the 2016 U.S Presidential Election

    Children’s Rights and the 2016 U.S Presidential Election

    The cause of children’s rights and the challenges facing U.S children were largely missing from the 2016 U.S Presidential Election. Is there still hope for a U.S (and universal) ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?
  • Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    IS is trying to destroy the Yazidi population in Syria and Iraq, targeting women and girls through sexual slavery and other crimes. The international community should intervene to ensure them a better future and bring their perpetrators to justice.
  • Just like David and Goliath?

    Just like David and Goliath?

    If, in case of an unlawful out of home placement, rights are violated, the child has the right to an effective remedy. Dutch tort law allows the possibility of seeking remedy. By referring to her thesis the contributor asks attention for this subject.
  • Registration of the birth of stillborn children

    Registration of the birth of stillborn children

    “Does my stillborn child have the right to be registered in the civil registration of the births of children?” A children’s rights viewpoint on the recent debate about the right to birth registration in the Netherlands.
  • How to improve the implementation of children’s rights?

    How to improve the implementation of children’s rights?

    The Children’s Rights Monitor is an instrument to assess the implementation of children’s rights in the Netherlands. The monitor serves the important purpose of furthering knowledge and raising awareness of children’s rights.
  • “Childbook”

    “Childbook”

    Parents’ online behaviour proves that children are not our only concern when it comes to their online protection.
  • Daily Children’s Rights Dilemmas in Malawi: give me my money

    Daily Children’s Rights Dilemmas in Malawi: give me my money

    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nevertheless some major law reforms, the implementation of children's rights still is a difficult one. One issue is the complex donor-recipient relationship with international NGOs. Five observations.
  • Divorce interventions: Putting the cart before the horse?

    Divorce interventions: Putting the cart before the horse?

    Many children have to deal with their parents’ divorce. Instead of intervening after the divorce to minimise the resulting problems, the government could also apply itself to prevent divorces in the first place which would serve the child’s best interests.
  • When is a child forced to leave the EU?

    When is a child forced to leave the EU?

    In Ruiz Zambrano the Court of Justice of the EU decided that a minor EU child may not be forced to leave the territory of the EU. Four years later it is still not clear what implications this ruling has.
  • The unknown child

    The unknown child

    Towards better detection and protection of foreign victims of child prostitution in the Netherlands.
  • Migrant children need further protection

    Migrant children need further protection

    The visit of the Commissioner for Human Rights to the Netherlands disclosed policies that are not favourable to migrant children and expose them to detention and lack of protection.
  • Transgender minors and their birth certificate

    Transgender minors and their birth certificate

    Both the Netherlands and the province of British Columbia in Canada have recently made it easier for transgenders to change the gender designation on their birth certificate. The Dutch law, however, only applies to persons 16 years of age and older.
  • Girls not brides

    Girls not brides

    With 11 October having been the International Day of the Girl Child, it is timely to look at the phenomenon of child marriage and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
  • Teachers striking for children’s rights: a paradox?

    Teachers striking for children’s rights: a paradox?

    Teachers in British Columbia have been on strike since half June to fight for smaller classes and more support for special needs children. This means that the schools are closed at present and children do not receive the education they are entitled to.
  • Fair trial for juveniles

    Fair trial for juveniles

    The cognitive and emotional development of young people is not yet complete. Their immaturity should be taken into account when they are tried in court and extra assistance should be given to juveniles to ensure they receive a fair trial.
  • A lesson from the child amnesty

    A lesson from the child amnesty

    Recent upheaval about the child amnesty shows how governmental layers keep pulling in different directions instead of recognising the different roles with respect to migration control.
  • No parents allowed in youth custodial institutions!?

    No parents allowed in youth custodial institutions!?

    Since the new penal law for adolescents came into force on April 1st, 2014, children in Dutch youth custodial institutions can be denied certain visitors for twelve months. These visitors could even include their parents.
  • Addressing Disproportionate Minority Confinement in Juvenile Justice

    Addressing Disproportionate Minority Confinement in Juvenile Justice

    Juvenile justice policies in the United States often explicitly address the issue of overrepresentation of ethnic minority youth in juvenile detention centers. Should we move towards official acknowledgement of this issue in Dutch juvenile justice as well?
  • Playing it right!

    Playing it right!

    Growing up seems synonymous with abandoning play, because play is essentially associated with childhood – or is it?
  • Malala: ‘No-one should be excluded from education’

    Malala: ‘No-one should be excluded from education’

    The Child Law Department wrote a scientific report called ‘ACCESS DENIED!’. This report is published in light of the 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize, awarded to Malala Yousafzai, advocator of the right to education.
  • Bill on Lesbian Parenthood in the Dutch Senate

    Bill on Lesbian Parenthood in the Dutch Senate

    The legal position of children born into lesbian relationships after conception with donor sperm subject of debate in the Dutch senate: will their right to equal treatment prevail?
  • ‘These sentences send out a strong signal’

    ‘These sentences send out a strong signal’

    The imposed maximum juvenile detention sentences in the infamous ‘Linesman-case’ give rise to the question whether retribution, general deterrence and compensation for a shocked society can be considered legitimate objectives of Dutch juvenile justice.
  • HELP! I need somebody…..

    HELP! I need somebody…..

    In May 2013 2 young brothers were found dead in the proximity of the place where their father was found dead of suicide. Could this national tragedy have been avoided and are child protection authorities to blaim?
  • Giving a voice to kids online

    Giving a voice to kids online

    Instead of talking about kids without them, we may learn much more about their worries concerning the internet when we give them a voice in expressing concerns.
  • Involving children in children’s digital rights

    Involving children in children’s digital rights

    By expressing her inaugural lecture on 1 March 2013 Professor S. Van der Hof is accepting her appointment as professor of Law and the Information Society at the Leiden Law School of Leiden University.
  • Male circumcision

    Male circumcision

    The practice of male circumcision not only violates bodily integrity but the notion of freedom of religion as such.
  • Child-friendly health care

    Child-friendly health care

    Children in health care are vulnerable. Participation is one of the key principles to ensure children’s rights in health care. How can children, parents and medical professionals contribute to involving children in their own health care?