SPARK con­sul­ta­tion urges to fol­low UN rec­om­men­da­tions on child rights

Daily Messenger - - National - Ab­bas Kas­sar

HY­DER­ABAD: The state of Pak­istan was re­viewed un­der Universal Pe­ri­odic Re­view ( UPR) process and as an out­come 269 rec­om­men­da­tions are is­sued in 2018. UPR is a process led by the UN Gen­eral Coun­cil to re­view the state of hu­man rights in all mem­ber coun­tries.

Child Rights Move­ment or­ga­nized a con­sul­ta­tion on the UPR rec­om­men­da­tions in a local ho­tel of here last evening. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civil so­ci­ety, me­dia and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments at­tended the event. Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion, Mr. Iqbal Detho ex­plained the pur­pose and process of the re­view and also high­light- ed the role of local civil so­ci­ety to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions. Sa­j­jad Cheema ED SPARC also ad­dressed and shared that out of 269 rec­om­men­da­tions 52 are di­rectly on the is­sues of Child Rights. He fur­ther shared that 10 rec­om­men­da­tions on child rights are noted by the state and rest 42 are ac­cepted by the state. By ac­cept­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions the state has con­firmed its com­mit­ment to take ac­tions for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions. Mr. Cheema shared that most of the child rights re­lated rec­om­men­da­tions are round preven­tion of Child Mar­riages and Child Labour. The state is rec­om­mended to take im­me­di­ate mea­sures to en­sure ac­cess to free and com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion with­out gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. In­vest­ment in chil­dren by al­lo­cat­ing re­sources to im­ple­ment child rights re­lated laws and to build in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vide child pro­tec­tion ser­vices is also one of the ma­jor rec­om­men­da­tions.

Kashif Ba­jeer briefed the me­dia that con­sul­ta­tion is ar­ranged to aware the civil so­ci­ety and me­dia on the state of child rights. CRM wanted to con­sult the local civil so­ci­ety on the in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments by the state.

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