Web Desk November 20, 2018): Universal Children’s Day is being celebrated all across the globe and throughout the country to create awareness on the rights of the Children.
4 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.
On the basis of the Convention and joint effort by all the countries and regions, 20th of November is to promote and celebrate children’s right on the Universal Children’s Day, and continuously build up a friendly environment for children in the world through dialogue and actions.This year theme of the day is “Children are taking over and turning the world blue”.
On the occasion of Universal Children Day, Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari said PTI Government is committed to implementing measures, including legislation, for the realization of our constitutional and international commitments on the Rights of the Child.She said despite the fact that Pakistan is facing many challenges, a number of steps have been taken by the present Government for the protection and care of our children reflecting its political will and commitment.
She further said the Ministry of Human Rights had promulgated key laws like Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018 and ICT Child Protection Act, 2018, and has prepared bills like the Zainab Alert Bill.