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November 21, 2020

Universal Children Day celebrated

Islamabad

November 21, 2020

Islamabad : On this Universal Children Day, Federal Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazri urged corporate sector and media to play proactive role in supplementing Government’s efforts to create a protective and enabling environment for children.

In a statement issued on this special day, she said, “children are our national asset and the future of Pakistan.” She said that it is our national duty to protect the best interests of children and provide them equal opportunities without any discrimination.”

She said that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation. In 1990 Pakistan ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which makes it obligatory for the state to take policy, legislative, administrative and programmatic measures for the protection of the rights of children. In pursuance of these obligations, the Government of Pakistan has promulgated laws like the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020, the Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018, the ICT Child Protection, Act, 2018 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2015 to protect children from offences like child abduction, child abuse, exposure to seduction and child pornography. Recently, “Child Domestic Labour” has been banned at ICT level by inserting it in Part-I (Occupation) of the Schedule of the Employment of Children Act, 1991.

Furthermore, she said that 15 Child Protection Committees have been established at ICT level and orientation sessions have been conducted to sensitize these committees on child protection related issues.

“The Ministry of Human Rights, through its Helpline 1099, has responded to over 400 child rights queries this year. The Zainab Alert App has been linked with Prime Minister’s performance Delivery Unit (PMDU) for raising alerts in case of missing and abducted children. There are currently 170 Dashboards being monitored across the country to alert the District Police Officers (DPOs) and the Regional Police Officers (RPOs) of missing children.