How to talk with tamariki about human rights
At Amnesty International, we want to empower people of all ages with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for human rights.
There are about 2.3 billion children in the world - nearly a third of the total human population - and we believe it’s never too early to start talking with tamariki about their rights and the rights of others.
There are heaps of handy guides out there for talking with children and young people about activism, allyship, and human rights. Amnesty International has created a free, , featuring interviews with child activists, self-paced learning and ideas for taking action on children’s rights. Across the Ditch, Amnesty International Australia has produced a , designed for raising rights-respecting, anti-racist families.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, the minimum age of criminal responsibility is currently 10 years old.
This is the age that kids can be prosecuted and punished for a serious crime.
We’re asking the government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14, in line with child development and international human rights recommendations.
To help you share this campaign with the tamariki in your life, we’ve designed an activity for kids aged 9 and under. In the link below, you’ll find a simple drawing activity, and for how to talk with children about the issues underlying this campaign. These talking points can be tweaked for older kids and teenagers too.
Let’s remind Justice Minister Kiritapu Allan of her responsibility to protect the rights of all tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You can help a budding human rights campaigner take their first steps into activism by posting a photo of their drawings and tagging with Minister Allan on , , or . Copy us in by tagging @AmnestyNZ and we’ll share your photos on our channels too!