UN Security Council urges South Sudan to protect children

UN Security Council urges South Sudan to protect children
The Chairman of United Nations Security Council for Committee on South Sudan Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy [Photo: Courtesy]

The United Nations Security Council Committee on South Sudan has urged the government to implement the peace agreement so that children and vulnerable people are protected.

The Committee said children in South Sudan still face many challenges following the conflicts in some parts of the country.

The Chairperson of the United Nations Security Committee on South Sudan, who also serves as the representative to United Nations Security Council for Viet Nam Amb. Dang Dinh Quy, said the concerned parties to the agreement should ensure that children get access to food, education and healthcare.

“South Sudan children still face many challenges. The government of South Sudan and the concerned parties to the agreement should continue to implement its action program on child protection with the United Nations,” Dinh told the Committee during the meeting last week.

The United Nations Security Council Committee on South Sudan [Committee 2206] is mandated to supervise the implementation of measures of the United Nations Security Council to enhance the assurance of peace and security in South Sudan. 

Missing document

Last month, the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare revealed that the final ratified document meant to cushion children from forced early marriages, human trafficking, and child labour had gone missing.

According to the ministry, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) document has gone missing between the Parliament and the Office of the President.

Director for Child Welfare in the Ministry Celina Grace Peter said the document was presented to the parliament in 2013 and passed in 2014.

Grace said the ministry did not receive any communication from the African committee of experts on the rights of the welfare of the child based in Addis.

The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) was adopted by the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1990, before the OAU legally became the African Union (AU), and was entered into force in 1999. 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 defines a “child” as a human being below the age of 18 years. It acknowledges that children are entitled to the enjoyment of freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, thought, religion, and conscience. 

It aims to protect the private life of the child and safeguard the child against all forms of economic exploitation and hazardous work that interferes with the child’s education or compromises his or her health or physical, social, mental, spiritual, and moral development.

It calls for protection against abuse and bad treatment, negative social and cultural practices, all forms of exploitation or sexual abuse, including commercial sexual exploitation, and illegal drug use. It aims to prevent the sale and trafficking of children, kidnapping and begging of children.

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