Parliamentarians urged to prioritise children’s rights

Published: August 31, 2018
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PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Newly elected parliamentarians were urged to play their role as legislators and prioritise children’s rights in Punjab, protecting them from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.

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This was highlighted during a briefing session arranged by the Search For Justice and Child Rights Movement on Thursday to brief participants about issues which require serious action.

Search For Justice Executive Director Iftikhar Mubarik informed parliamentarians that Pakistan ratified the United Nations’ (UN) convention on children’s rights. This means that under the convention, Pakistan is obligated to take all legislative, administrative and other possible measures to ensure the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are implemented.

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Mubarik also discussed the absence of a child protection policy in Punjab, the need for prohibiting child domestic labour as well as increasing the minimum age of marriage for girls.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2018.

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