SPARK consultation urges to follow UN recommendations on child rights
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.