South Sudan advocacy urges gov’t to commit to child protection

South Sudanese children learning English in a congested open-doors classroom(Photo credit: supplied)

South Sudanese children learning English in a congested open-doors classroom(Photo credit: supplied

June 16, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A Juba-based civil society organization has urged the government of South Sudan to live up to its commitments to protect children against harmful practices in the world’s youngest nation.

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) said as coronavirus pandemic worsen in the world’s youngest country, children were being forgotten and need the necessary protection from the country’s authorities.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) notes in agreement with the other international partners that South Sudan is among the countries with children engaging in the worst forms of child labor, including in armed conflict and cattle herding,” the CPA said in a statement extended to South Sudan News Now.

“With the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic raging on throughout the world, the focus of this year’s marking of the day is on the impact of the crisis on child labor.

“The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labor market shocks in South Sudan devastated by years of political and economic instability are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Sadly, children are the ones suffering now.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is therefore appealing to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to solve the states’ allocation impasse so that a fully functioning government is in place.

“The Child Rights Convention (CRC) stipulates that; the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.

“This cannot happen where there is no peace and stability, child labor is aggravated by instability and the government of South Sudan as a matter of necessity MUST resolve the pending and outstanding issue in the R-ARCSS because, if the status quo is maintained, child labor identification and prosecution of the perpetrators will remain futile.

“Children must be protected against all harms because they are the future of South Sudan, not only South Sudan but humanity.”

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