Kenya: Children Rights Advocacy Groups Urge Adoption of Stringent Child Protection Law to Punish Neglect

10 December 2019

Nairobi — Human Rights Organizations have called on the Attorney General to forward a Children Bill sponsored by children's rights advocacy groups to Parliament for enactment.

Speaking during commemoration of Human Rights Day on Tuesday, Charles Barasa from Plan International said the Bill which proposes amendments to the Children Act (2001) has been lying in the office of the AG yet children rights continue to be violated.

"We are calling for an effective child participation system where the voices of the children are incorporated in Parliament. We have been pushing for Children Bill which currently lies in the office of the Attorney General," Barasa said.

"Recently when we were celebrating 30 years of the convention on the rights of the children the President asked the AG to fast-track the passing of the Bill and that is what we want."

Maryanna Munyendo Executive Director of Missing Child Kenya, a community led portal working in the child protection sector, called on parents and the community at large to respect children and not use them as a weapon against each other especially during domestic violence.

"Sadly, human weakness in terms of fighting as parents we use children as a weapon, and I will put it right here that it is wrong for any parent to use a child in any way as a weapon against the other. Children have a right for parental love and your differences should not deny them that," he remarked.

Child Protection and Advocacy Manager Eunice Kilunda from Child Fund Kenya stated one of the major forms of violence against children is child neglect.

"One of the main issues that is prevalent across our country with regards to children is neglect. Nowadays parents are not present in the lives of their children and some of the things that we see in school like fires I feel these children look for an avenue to vent," she expressed.

The Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10th Day of December to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly om December 10, 1948.

The day provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the progress made towards the promotion and protection of everyone's rights.

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