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Resources on peace and children's rights

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childrens rights report 2016 cvrThe CRA Justice Network offers two main areas for study, reflection and prayer over the holidays and beyond: peace making and the rights of children, with a particular focus on children and young people detained in youth justice centres or adult facilities in Australia.


The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative offers an online resource for peace, particularly for the upcoming World Day of Peace 2017 which is marked annually on the 1st of January. This is a one-stop resource that offers background resources of this event, the 2017 theme "Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace" and the Pope's message.

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is a project of Pax Christi International and was launched at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome April 11-13, 2016, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other international bodies.

Resources for World Day of Peace 2017 are made for individuals, families, parishes, schools and communities to download: action suggestions and prayer, a litany of disarmament, resources for children and the parish, a prayer card and Peace Sunday booklet. There are also more themes, handouts, stories and practices for active Catholic nonviolence.

Get World Day of Peace 2017 resources from the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative here.

Get more papers and sermons on peace and just war from the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship held on 19 November 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, with Fr Claude Mostowik msc, CRA Justice Networker, as one of the speakers.

Children's Rights

On 9 December 2016, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched the Children's Rights Report 2016 which outlines work that the National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, has undertaken throughout 2015-16 to promote the human rights of children and young people in Australia. The report focuses on the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in the context of children and young people detained in youth justice centres or adult facilities.

Chapter 1 examines the advocacy for children's rights in Australia. Chapter 2 reports on child rights in legislation and court proceedings. Chapter 3 reviews current oversight, complaints and reporting arrangements across the jurisdictions, an analysis of their adequacy in meeting the OPCAT requirements, and identification of opportunities for improvements nationally for the implementation of OPCAT. Chaper 4 features the voices and experiences of children and young people in the justice sustem.

Download the Children's Rights Report 2016 in full.

Download the Executive Summary in the National Children's Commissioner's Children's Rights Report 2016, "In safe hands? Protecting the rights of children and young people in youth justice centres".

Download the Children's Rights Report for children and young people, "What does the Children's Rights Report Say?"

May these resources encourage us to move toward action and advocacy for peace and children's rights in 2017.

To find out more about the CRA Justice Network, contact Fr Claude Mostowik msc at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..