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Edited by Cynthia Cohen

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified of all the United Nations Human Rights treaties. Adopted by 191 nations, it is a comprehensive treaty covering the child’s civil-political, economic-social-cultural, and humanitarian rights.

In the over twenty years since the Convention went into force, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the experts who monitor State Party compliance) has issued its evaluation of the reports of State Parties on their progress in implementing the Convention and their recommendations for future improvements.

The Committee’s Concluding Observations collectively make up the jurisprudence on child rights. Due to the sheer volume of reports, this information is not easily accessible to scholars and child rights activists.

These volumes provide quick access to the Committee’s jurisprudence on an article-by-article basis. By dividing the Concluding Observations for each State Party into sections corresponding to specific articles of the Convention, a researcher can identify the exact language of the Committee’s comment on a particular article for each state party and can evaluate trends in the Committee interpretation.

Those interested in understanding and promoting the rights of children and in the developing worldwide jurisprudence in this important area will find this extensive compilation an invaluable resource.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
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Cynthia Cohen

Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples approaches this complex subject from two directions: first, the existing framework of international law, both actual and potential, as embodied in the relevant provisions of international conventions and the case law of international tribunals; and second, specific issues that arise between indigenous peoples in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, India, and Australia and the states which exercise jurisdiction in their homelands.

This book, by a leading authority on children’s rights, is a major contribution to an area of international law that attracts more attention each year, and that many human rights advocates see as a critical testing ground for the genuineness of states’ humanitarian rhetoric.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
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Cynthia Price-Cohen

December 2004 marked the end of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The Decade, and the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, has brought enormous international attention to the situation of Indigenous People. Developing Rights of Indigenous Children is being published now to give interested readers and human rights advocates a valuable insider’s view of the recent dramatic accomplishments in this rapidly-evolving field.

The book is a collection of essays that are divided into four sections: Background (covering treaties, -- such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child , national legislation and tribal law); Important Indigenous Child Issues,(including cultural identity, land rights and health); Regional Indigenous Child Issues (which includes chapters about the issues concerning indigenous children in specific geographic areas, such as Alaska and Venezuela ); and Voices of Youth (with essays by indigenous young people who give their views about their present circumstances and hopes for the future),

The book’s authors are all recognized authorities on indigenous issues and children’s rights and include such luminaries as Jaap Doek (Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child – which monitors the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and Wilton Littlechild (Rapporteur for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues). The editors, Cynthia Price Cohen and Philip Cook have been at the forefront of the indigenous child rights movement and are recognized authorities on Indigenous children’s rights.

Developing Rights of Indigenous Children is timely, informative and fascinating, a must-read for anyone interested in knowing more about indigenous issues and indigenous children in particular.

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Annemieke Wolthius and Cynthia Price Cohen