Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly

New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students.

Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories” marks the kickoff of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign, an effort by a coalition of 26 disability advocacy groups to stop the use of restraint and seclusion as a means to curb disruptive behavior.

Bicam Agrees on Amendment to Juvenile Justice Act: Alvarez, The Visayan Daily Star

The bicameral committee for the amendment of Juvenile Justice Welfare Act reached an agreement yesterday on measures adopted by both houses of Congress to further improve the law, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6thy District) said.

Alvarez headed the Lower House panel and Senator Francis Escudero the Senate panel.

It is hoped that the amended version of the act will be signed by President Benigno Aquino before July 1, she said.

Condition of Child’s Rights Remained Bleak During 2012, International The News

Pakistani children had to cope with lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children, miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations during 2012.

The annual report titled ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2012’ launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) on Tuesday shows that condition of child rights remained bleak during the last year with terrorism activities adding to the existing complex challenges faced by the children. With its title page displaying Malala Yousafzai’s picture, the report terms the 2012, as another tough year for the children of Pakistan.

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