First Vice-President and National Prime Minister 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh addressed at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum last week
the inaugural session of the 30th meeting of the African Union’s Committee of Experts on Childhood Issues, amid wide participation from the African countries.
The meeting was attended by a number of Ministers, senior officials along with over 150 participants, representing 25 African countries and a number of domestic and regional organizations that the African union is keen to put in place a plan for the protection of children and including the children within the legislations that guarantees health care, and education beside child human and child rights.
At the core of this 30th Ordinary Session is a Day of General Discussion dedicated to the issues of child labour and exploitation. The objective of this day is to identify strategic interventions for the full implementation of Article 15 of the African Children’s Charter. The Session will also consider State Party reports from Angola and Sierra Leone, as well as Civil Society Organizations reports from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, and South Africa. The Committee will also examine two communications/complaints on alleged child rights violations against State parties to the Charter.
First Vice President of the Republic, National Prime Minister 1st Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh has renewed Sudan commitment provide protection and sponsor all the rights of children and curb illegal migration and the crimes they are exposed to.
He said such meetings will contribute to exchange of ideas and integrating roles amidst the civil society for promoting African child rights.
He said Sudan's commitment to Child rights is an authentic national orientation stressing Sudan's willingness to host the said venue.
The AU Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner, Amira Al-Fadil, has called for making use of the Sudan experience in the domain of child affairs as Sudan has advanced initiatives in the child field, accumulating rich experience in this field. The African union is keen to put in place a plan for the protection of children and including the children within the legislations that guarantees health care, and education beside child human and child rights.
She said more attention should be given to children especially the disabled children. She said the African union is a partner in child protection and in training African cadres in the means of achieving positive results for the African child.
She referred to the AU mechanism in the observation of children right protection and its strategy which is line with the international strategy with regards to child rights observation and that some 32 African states have legislations that prevent child marriage and that the commission works for combating the harmful practices and replacing the negative concepts. She stressed the role of the media in spreading awareness about child protection.