Thirty years ago, the country promised children their rights would be protected and upheld when it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. When signing up to this treaty, the country also accepted a responsibility to apply each of the obligations including its obligation to ensure national laws and practices are consistent with the convention, said PatriziaDiGiovanni, UNICEF Representative statement calling on Government and Parliament to accelerate the adoption of key laws for children.
“In thirty years, child rights have not changed but childhood has. Today children live in a world where their rights are being put to at risk and put to the side because of other priorities. But children cannot wait. Currently there are laws important for children in Government or Parliamentary procedure waiting to be given the priority that they deserve,” added DiGiovanni.