Japan International Center for the Rights of the Child (C-rights), established in 1992, is a certified Non-Profit Organization (NPO) that works towards the realization of the rights of all children around the world. The three core elements of our activities are:
1) Raising public awareness on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
2) International Cooperation: supporting children in Cambodia, especially tackling issues of child labor, and human trafficking
3) Development Education
Active civic participation, particularly child participation and child protagonism, is crucial to our activities. We do not take a charitable approach which considers the children concerned as helpless victims but see them as "partners in solving the problems and changing the world". “Empowerment” is integral to our activities.
We conduct workshops to promote understanding of the situation of children whose rights are denied and/or violated.
We also support projects run by local NGOs. We are hoping that more people will realize the importance of solving these issues and will join us. Please feel free to contact us for volunteer work, or become a member to support us.
C-Rights works to promote and realize the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Japan and abroad, particularly in developing countries. Our aim is to achieve a world where the rights of every child set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are realized, and children can pursue the happiness regardless the situation they are in or country where they reside.
C-rights aims to achieve:
- A society in which all children can develop fully and make the most of their inner capa bilities
- A society in which all children can be happy to have been born
- A society in which the rights of all children are protected
- To eliminate various forms of violence against children such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child labor by working together with children and the adults that surround them
- To raise public awareness about the importance of children’s rights
We support children in ways that enable them to protect themselves and their friends from different forms of violence, and help them to express their feelings and opinions freely
We aim to ensure that adults listen to their children and protect them based on the principles of children’s rights as in the UNCRC
We will create a caring society in which the voices of children are respected, and where children and adults learn from each other in order to find solutions to problems
Prevention of Child Trafficking and Child Labor Associated with Migration to Vietnam in Thonat Commune, Svay Rieng Province
Promote the sustainability of the children’s activities through the support by the community and the local government for child peer educators, child clubs and child networking. Out-of-school children can attend school by improving the environment around them and having the duty bearers: the government, school teachers, parents, and adults in the community understand child rights and the importance of education.
１) With Children
- Conduct awareness-raising activities by C-Rights staff to school-based child peer educators, on illegal migration, the risk of child labor and child trafficking.
- Carry out child to child peer education. Peer educators teach other children about child rights, illegal migration, the risk of child labor and child trafficking and promote the activities.
- Facilitate the activities of child clubs which were formed in four villages in FY2013. In the community-based activity, children are expected to help each other and improve the situation of communities. Children gather information on at-risk children and share them with C-Rights staff members.
２) With Community Members
- Conduct workshops to children, their parents and community members in Thnaot in order to raise awareness on the importance of education and child rights. District governors and director of district education office will be also invited.
- Invite active peer educators from other area and organize workshop to have them share their activities and experiences at the workshop
- Mobilize leaders of each village (village chief and commune councilor) and seek their understanding and support for the activities of the child clubs.
- Collect information on children’s school attendance and migration, and reach out to families with children who are at risk of migration and child labor.
３) With School Teachers and Local Government
- Hold meeting with teachers to update the situation of attendance of students, progress of the awareness- raising activities at school.
- Conduct workshops in order for the school teachers from the four schools in Thnaot to share their experience.
- Mobilize the local government to seek their understanding and building support system for the awareness-raising activities to promote understanding of child rights and the importance of education.
2.Construction and Management of Library and Activity Room/ Child Activity
- Construct one activity room and one library/study room in the community center, which was built in April 2014,to create child-friendly space. The child-friendly space will be co-managed by C-Rights and Management Committee which was formed by the community. The members of Management Committee will hold monthly meeting, exchange information and learn child rights.
- At the child-friendly space, create an environment in which children including out-of-school children can learn freely. The space will also provide an opportunity for children to read books and gain new knowledge and broaden their views.
- Conduct training workshops to children including out-of-school children on child rights, human trafficking, child labor and life skills at the child-friendly space.
- Facilitate the peer educators and the members of child clubs hold meeting, plan activities and share information in the activity room.
3.Networking, Information Gathering and Monitoring
- Exchange information and cooperate with an agricultural cooperative which was formed in 2014to promote community development and income generation through agricultural activities.
- Collect information on the activities of other areas, other organizations and the status of illegal migrant to Vietnam trough monitoring and networking.
- Monitor and gather information in the field by board members from Japan
1.Promotion of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Japan
- C-Rights invites child-rights experts and board members of C-Rights to hold seminars and workshops on child rights.
- C-Rights produced Japanese version of "Child Safe Traveler Guide" which was originally created by Cambodian NGO; Friends International in order to provide 7 tips to travelers on how to protect children. We distributed the leaflets to the Cambodian Embassy and Consulate, travel agencies and publishers, and disseminated the information on the Internet as well.
2.Awareness-Raising and Development Education on the Situation of Children’s Rights in Developing Countries
- We raise awareness on the situation of children’s rights in developing countries via book publishing, lectures, newsletter and website.
- Hold study tours to visit project sites and communicate with children.
What are the rights of the child?
The basis of children’s rights is written down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was ratified by the UN General Assembly in November, 1989. This human rights treaty was written after ten years of discussion by people all over the world with the strong desire that all children around the world can live in a safe environment where they can live develop their capabilities to their fullest. At present, 195 countries have promised to respect this treaty. There are only two countries that have not ratified it. Japan was the 158th country to ratify the treaty in 1994.
This treaty is comprised of 54 articles, and ensures that the rights of children are protected as the main focus of the treaty and as bearers of rights like adults, with the same integrity and independence.
Children’s rights are made up of four main pillars: the right to survival; the right to develop to the fullest; the right to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and the right to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
Children must first be protected in order for them to survive. Many children around the world die every day from illnesses that can be easily treated because this fundamental right is not protected. Secondly, children have a right to develop to their fullest, both physically and mentally, with support from their parents and surrounding adults. Thirdly, children have the right to be protected from harmful labor, economic and sexual exploitation, violence, and abuse. Moreover, children have the right to express their opinions and have them respected by others when decisions are made concerning themselves. In addition, adults have an obligation to listen to the children’s opinions and respond in a respectable manner. The Japanese government has agreed to comply with the articles of this treaty, and is thus obliged to let all children know about all of these rights and ensure their protection.
Japan International Center for the Rights of the Child (C-Rights)
Address: Maruko Bldg. 3F, 1-20-6, Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 JAPAN