The Informer (Monrovia)

8 February 2013

Liberia: Civic Group Decries Child's Rights Violations in Liberia - Says Kawah

Although Liberia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child and the African charter on the Rights and Welfare of the child, much remains to be done to ensure complete eradication of child rights violation in the country.

This was disclosed by the Chairman elect of the Liberia Child Rights NGOs Coalition (LCRNC) Mr. Foday M. Kawah, when he and other officials of the organization were inducted into office at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia on Monday, February 6th, 2013.

Mr. Kawah observed that grave violations of Children's Rights still exist in Liberia, adding that although much has been achieved in the implementation of child rights treaties, much remains to be done.

He said there are more to be done by the government of Liberia noting that government must deliberate on the way forward in promoting and protecting children Rights in the Country.

He then called on other National and International Organizations and the government of Liberia on the need to recognize the Rights of children.

He cautioned them to focus on three things that will contribute as a way forward, namely:

"Firstly to look at the Rights of the child to survival and development, which are a fundamental Right and one of the general principles of the child. Secondly, to ensure a Rights based approach, which is critical to creating an environment in which children can reach their full potential," he said.

He also expressed the need to appreciate the important role that the Liberia child Rights NGO Coalition is playing in demanding the best possible chance for all children in Liberia.

It can be recalled that the children's law was finally approved in September 2011, after much debate on the issue since 2006. Civil Society lobbying and advocacy strongly contributed to the contents and final passing of the laws.

This child Rights bill is highly significant, as it defines the obligations of the government to respect and ensure the rights of children.

The child Rights NGO Coalition LCRN Chairman, who is also the Executive Director of Defense for Children Liberia, Mr. Kawah recognized the efforts of government.

He used the occasion to call on stakeholders to step up their gains, adding that the children of Liberia have not only suffered from abuse, exploitation, neglect, conflict and violence in the past, but continue to suffer.

"Progress by Liberia towards a middle income state by 2030 will require not only economic growth, but also a robust commitment to human development and the respect for human Rights," he concluded.

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