Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International have joined forces to create a resource for children and young people to learn about their rights, with the publication of a new book that empowers adolescents to speak out against injustice.
Know Your Rights and Claim Them (Know Your Rights and Claim Them) explains what children’s rights are, equips young people with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and others, and shows how governments fail to fulfill their commitment to children’s rights. It was written in collaboration with Professor and Jurist Geraldine Van Bueren, one of the original writers of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Angelina Jolie has stated:
“If governments kept their word, and if all adults respected children’s rights, this book would not be necessary. Boys and girls have rights the same as adults, and must have the power and capacity of action to claim them.
Know Your Rights and Claim Them It is the book that some adults do not want their children to read, as it will provide them with the knowledge they need to defend their rights and those of other people.
Governments committed with their signature in 1989 to protect children’s rights, but many of them still do not hear the voices of children. In some countries there are girls as young as 9 years old who are forced to marry. In the world, more than 61 million children do not attend primary school and, in 2019, one in six children lived in extreme poverty, a number that rose considerably during the pandemic. It is time to remind the world of its commitment to children’s rights ”.
Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International have joined forces to create a resource for children.
The book is available from today in UK bookstores from today, and for pre-purchase in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Greece. Other countries such as South Korea, Denmark and Germany will follow shortly. The aim of the authors is for the book to be published in all languages and in all countries, to empower many millions of young people to know and claim their rights.
The social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic starkly remind us that many human rights issues disproportionately affect young people and, when it comes to issues that directly affect them, their voices are rarely heard. or listen. Know Your Rights and Claim Them aims to equip young people with the knowledge they need to stand up and express their opinion.
The book explains how the concept of children’s rights was born through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was conceived to grant children the right to voice and to participate in all decisions that affect them. It also includes how-to guides, along with some stories from young activists on the front lines of human rights change around the world. Whether campaigning on climate change, demanding access to education, or speaking out against racial discrimination and gun violence, these inspiring young people demonstrate the power to stand up for what they believe in.
Khairiyah Rahmanyah, 19, was born into a fishing family living near the sea in southern Thailand. The sea near your home is a rich source of fish and shellfish and a habitat for endangered marine species such as sea turtles and rare pink dolphins. In 2020, when she was 17 years old, Khairiyah launched a campaign against the Thai government’s plan to urbanize her town, Chana, into an industrial area. Consequently, the government decided to postpone its decision. However, the project has not been abandoned, and the fight for his community continues.
Khairiyah Rahmanyah, 19, from Thailand.
“Words cannot explain how I feel about participating in this book,” said Khairiyah, who spent hours picketing and traveled 1,000 kilometers to the government headquarters in Bangkok to deliver a letter to the prime minister in which he was being asked to stop the project.
“I am really proud to represent the stories of my community. I was born into activism and have fought to protect my community since I was little. It has been painful to live this reality and I want life to be different for the next generation. As children, we must be allowed to learn to know our rights, and it is the responsibility of adults to encourage us, empower us and support us. ”
Boys and girls have the right to life, dignity and health; to identity, equality and non-discrimination; to a safe place to live; protection against damage; to participation (including the right to be heard); to physical integrity; protection from armed violence; to justice and freedom; to privacy; to indigenous and minority rights; to education; to the game; to freedom of thought; and to express your opinion and protest peacefully.
There are approximately 2.3 billion children in the world, almost a third of the total human population. Given the devastating effects of the global pandemic on children and young people, giving them the knowledge they deserve has never been more critical. It is your right, and it is time for the world to listen and act.
Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:
“Each and every one of us must address the human rights issues of today, looking to the future, knowing that we are accountable to the world of 2030. We must not only ask ourselves: ‘How do our actions affect the children of tomorrow? ? ‘but we have to make sure that children set the agenda for years to come. This can only happen if they know their rights and know how to claim them.
When this is not the case, they are at risk of abuse, discrimination and exploitation, often at the hands of adults. They also run the risk of being ignored, of not being able to participate in important decisions about the world they live in and the problems they will inherit. Amnesty International campaigns to ensure that children’s rights are a priority for governments around the world.
For this reason, together with the book, we have launched an online human rights education course involving young activists, which will serve as a powerful tool to empower young people and others to claim their rights around the world. When young people are educated about their rights, they are empowered to stand up for them and stand up against the injustices committed against them and others. Knowledge is key. All of us will benefit from a world in which the rights of the child are respected ”.
Know Your Rights and Claim Them It will be published in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2021, with publication in Australia, the United States, Greece and New Zealand to follow in October.