Today is Red Hand Day 2009. The goal, set out 12 months ago, was to send one million ‘red hands’ to the United Nations Headquarters in New York by February 12 – to act as a global petition against the continuing and abusive use of children in global warfare. Red Hand Day commemorates the anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child, which took effect on February 12th 2002.
According to The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and Human Rights Watch (HRW), there are currently an astounding 250,000 red hands coming from over 101 countries – a number that is rapidly rising with an influx of red hands still anticipated with events being held worldwide today.
Check out a database of Red Hand Day activities here.
Ajay Mittal, administrator of a Facebook group supporting Red Hand Day, contributed to this posting.