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First Korean students present at the UN Committee on the Right of Child Conference

Bichi Lee

Two 15-year-old Korean students, Bae Byeong-u and Kim Yoon-hee , stood as presenters at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Conference, being held to evaluate the status of Korea’s child and adolescent rights, in Geneva on February  10, 2011.

It was the first time Korean students, both sixth graders at Gahoe Middle School located in Hapcheon County South Gyeongsang province,  participated in such a conference.

In their presentation the two students presented, “the reason that children’s rights in Korea aren’t respected is adults don’t try to pay attention to what children say.”

In 1991, Korea ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Every five years thereafter, the Korean government has submitted reports on children’s issues and the state of adolescents’ rights.  Private organizations such as Save the Children have also submitted reports, but none of the reports was ever submitted by children themselves.  When Save the Children was preparing this year’s report, it decided to include cases in which abused children’s right was told by children themselves.

Save the Children is a relief organization for international children.

Kim No-Bo, the president of Save the Children stated that, “the conference is held to evaluate Korea’s child and adolescent rights. With the direct presentation by the children this presentation carries a significant meaning as it gives an opportunity to voice their opinions.

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