DCI Newsletter – October 2013 – Editorial

 

Dear Readers, DCI Members and Friends,

 

We welcome you to the latest edition of the DCI Newsletter. There are many items of news to share with you since our last edition.

Firstly, we are pleased to announce that Guinea Conakry became the 48th member of the DCI family this year. During its meeting from 06 to 09 June 2013 in Geneva, the International Executive Council (IEC) of DCI provisionally accepted the candidature of SABOU Guinea for children in difficulty, as a national section of DCI in Guinea Conakry. Sabou/DCI –Guinea Conakry was founded in 1994, with the aim of defending the rights of children in Guinea, especially through offering legal support and capacity building for the rehabilitation and reintegration into society of children in conflict with the law. The decision will have to be formally approved at the next meeting of DCI’s International General Assembly (due to take place in 2016).

This September, the 24th Human Rights Council took place, with many interesting outcomes, particularly concerning our priority issue: justice for children. As you will go on to read, among many activities, DCI-IS (as convenor of the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect) also organised a private meeting with the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui. During this meeting the Representative’s campaign “no children in armed forces by 2016” was discussed.

Another important piece of news is the presentation of the candidate, Ms. Virginia Murillo (DCI – Costa Rica) for the position of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. Nominations will take place during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2014 – fingers crossed.

In this edition of the Newsletter, we share interesting news from our national sections in Sierra Leone, Yemen, Costa Rica, Brazil and Togo; whilst we will have a specific focus on our section in Benin.

As always, we very much welcome and encourage our national sections to share news on their activities – which we will be sure to publish in future newsletters.

 

Pleasant reading!