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About the principle “the child’s best interests”

“The child’s best interest” is a central concept in family law, and the interpretation of the principle can have wideranging consequences.

Trude Haugli writes in the book “Convention on the Rights of the Child, Children’s Rights in Norway” from Universitetsforlaget 2012, 2nd edition by Njål Høstmælingen, Elin Saga Kjørholt and Kirsten Sandberg (eds.):

“Even though it is extraordinary that almost all of the nations of the world support the child’s best interest as a fundamental consideration regarding all actions that concern children, the principle has also received criticism.
A central question is whether the fundamental need for the principle disappears when the Convention recognises children’s rights, not just their interests.
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WHO publishes report and calls for a bigger effort in combating violence

The World Health Organization, WHO, has published a report on violence prevention showing the extent of violence and calling for greater measures to be taken to stop interpersonal violence. The WHO states that:

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014, which reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.

Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the report reviews the current status of violence prevention efforts in countries, and calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes; stronger legislation and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention; and enhanced services for victims of violence.

Read the full report on WHO’s website.

Two feature articles scrutinize the Danish Parental Responsibility Act

Two feature articles in the Danish national newspaper Politiken clarifies and informs of the negative effects of the Danish Parental Responsibility Act of 2007.

The articles argue that the act is de facto blind to violence as well as gender and that the processing of the cases is inadequate.

The feature article “A scandal with implications for the children” was published in Politiken in 2008. The second feature article, “The Act on Parental Responsibility harms children”, was published in Politiken in 2014.

Read the articles below.

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