Coordinated efforts required for compliance with International Commitments on Child Rights

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Staff Reporter

Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) with the support of Save the Children organized a Seminar on “Pakistan’s International Commitments and compliance on Child Rights” on Thursday.

Ms. Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, Chairperson National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) shared that NCRC has been set up to make recommendations for effective implementation of policies related to children and recommend the Federal Government to sign, ratify or accede to any proposed International Treaties and Protocols in the best interest of children.

Ms. Narjis Zaidi, Chairperson, Board of Directors, SPARC said that The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights agreement which defines the civil, social, health, cultural, political and economic rights of children under the age of eighteen.

Mr. Harris Khalique, Secretary General, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that Pakistan submitted its 5th Periodic Report UNCRC in 2015.

Ms. Khalida Ahmed, Member Board of Directors SPARC mentioned that due to lack of will from policymakers, Pakistani children are deprived of their rights to survival, protection and development.

The event was attended by senior policy makers, civil society activists, advocates, educationists, child rights experts, and key journalists and reporters.

The participants were in harmonized in view that children are not our future. They are our present – here and now.