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Conclusion Rethinking Innocence?

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The CRC Committee has pointed out the lack of legal guarantees for the freedom of expression for children below 18 years of age within the States Parties to the CRC. Cultural obstacles pose a real threat whether they stem from religious dogma, oppressive political culture or corrupt business tactics in exploiting children with vulgarity and violence or simply apathy resulting from ignorance, lack of information and/or mindless consumerism. The UN Human Development Report 2004 encourages allowing people full expression, including the poor and the marginalized and not least youth, to prevent outbursts of violence. The CRC Committee is particularly concerned about de facto discrimination, including multiform-discrimination against vulnerable groups of children, perhaps without sufficiently linking the horrendous situation of hundreds of millions of children to their actual lack of exercising their civil and political rights.

Keywords: CRC Committee; de facto discrimination; freedom of expression; political rights; States Parties



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