Protection of child rights at heart of working session in Parliament
13/11/2018 18:08, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - A working session was held Tuesday at the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) between a delegation of the Bureau of the Committee on Rights and Freedoms and External Relations, MPs of various committees and Renate Winter, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (OHCHR).

This meeting discussed legislation, mechanisms and procedures taken to protect the rights of the child in Tunisia.

The delegation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is in charge of monitoring the implementation by member countries of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and related protocols, highlighted the achievements made by Tunisia in the protection of the rights of the child, in particular through the laws adopted by the HPR.

In this context, it placed emphasis on the child rights report drafted by Tunisia after the 2011 revolution and submitted in 2017 to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The chair of the committee stressed the importance of the implementation of the legislative procedures and monitoring the respect of the rights included in the convention, in particular those of children coming from disadvantaged regions.

The committee's delegation called on the MPs to oversee the government, particularly with regard to the management of resources and budgets for child protection, stressing the importance of paying special attention to children victims of armed conflict in war zones like Syria, Iraq and Libya.

For their part, the members of the parliamentary delegation stressed the importance of the legislation adopted by the HPR for the protection of the rights of the child, women and the family.

They cited, in particular, the organic law on the elimination of violence against women, which contains a significant part on the protection of the child.

They also highlighted the steps taken by Tunisia in adapting the legal and regulatory framework to the one presented by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and its protocols, noting that Tunisia is ranked ninth among 155 countries, protecting the rights of the child.

They called for a clear method in dealing with children, taking into account the country's difficult economic conditions.

The members of the parliamentary delegation also expressed their willingness to better co-operate with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and to hold meetings in order to draw on the different experiences gained in child protection.

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