Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 March 2010

African Union experts on the rights and welfare of the child converge in Addis Ababa

 


 

 

 

African Union experts on the rights and welfare of the child converge in Addis Ababa

 

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 12, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 15th meeting of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) will hold from Monday 15th to Friday 19th March 2010, at the African Union headquarters, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

 

Organised by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission, participant at the ACERWC will exchange views on violence against children in Africa: the Challenges and priorities for Africa; they will discuss the State Parties Report of some AU countries including Niger, Rwanda and Uganda. Meanwhile, the theme of the Day of African Child for 2011 will be adopted during this meeting.

 

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was created with a mandate to promote and protect the rights of the African child amongst others.

 

Worth recalling that, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) or Children’s Charter was adopted by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1990 and was entered into force on the 29th of November 1999, after 15 statutory ratifications. The Charter guarantees to all people under eighteen (18) years old, the inherent rights to life, to education and to health.

 

Like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Children’s Charter is a comprehensive instrument that sets out rights and defines universal principles and norms for the status of children. The ACRWC and the CRC are the only international and regional human rights treaties that cover the whole spectrum of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

 

Despite incurred efforts to improve children Rights and Welfare in Africa, some drifts persist as the “little soldiers”. Most of these children, victims of various exploitations, need to be reinserted at a social – economic and school levels.

 

Journalists are invited to cover the official opening and the closing ceremonies of the meeting.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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