Excitement in the air! This week there is a panel in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the access to rights of young people. This is a fantastic opportunity and something that the European Youth Forum has been working on for many, many years.
That this step by one of the key bodies in the UN system to address the difficult situation of our generation comes now is no surprise. In fact, the UN Human Rights Council is rather lagging behind developments. There has been a recent recognition of the potential, but also the power, that young people possess by the UN Security Council, and the UN General Assembly has repeatedly called for increasing the possibilities and the resources for empowering young people. This week I will be sharing YFJs proposals with the HRC, but also making sure they understand how dire the situation of our generation is. At this point in time, a reflection on the real situation of young people is crucial!
Over 500 million young people aged 15-24 live on under $2/day; if this were a country it would be the third largest in the world. 126 million young people are illiterate, roughly the size of Japanai??i??s population. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates for 2016 indicate that over 40% of the worldai??i??s active youth population is expected to be either unemployed or living in poverty despite being employed. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is double the overall unemployment rate. Young women are in a particularly vulnerable situation, experiencing a higher likelihood to drop out of education and higher unemployment rates, making it even more difficult to escape poverty. Youth affected by migration are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations, especially upon reaching the age of majority when the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child no longer applies.
In an age of counter-terrorism young people are disproportionally affected by racial profiling. In their daily lives young people encounter multiple discrimination, not only based on age but also gender, disability, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity amongst others.
Young people are at best shut out of politics, at worst criminalised for speaking out.
The Youth Forum will be calling on the HRC to map the obstacles that young people face in accessing their rights globally, as well as proposing what the tools could be to tear down these obstacles. This could be done by a special procedure in the form of a report on the state of youth rights, coupled with the appointment of a special rapporteur on youth rights. We will also be calling youth rights to be mainstreamed in existing human rights mechanisms. This means addressing youth rights through the Universal Period Reviews by involving youth organisations in national consultations, as well as giving attention to the recommendations contained in the reports, which youth organisations are beginning to submit. And lastly we will call on the Council to initiate a joint general comment or joint statement on youth from all Treaty Bodies, to underline the indivisibility of all human rights for young people.
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This is a unique moment in time when it comes to the recognition of youth rights!
And even though we still are at the beginning of a process that will be long, and at points difficult, this is a first step in working with youth rights at the heart of the global human rights system.
In all of this process, let’s not lose focus on what this is about. It is about making sure that more young people globally have access to their youth rights, are able to live lives free from suffering and oppression and have possibilities of living good lives. Recognition of the rights of young people is not something that is to be taken for granted, or something that appears out of nowhere: it is about tireless advocacy work that each generation of youth policy actors need to focus on constantly for it to bear fruit. good price accutane order. order flagyl tablets. buy Tadalis SX, buy dapoxetine.