Cabinet approves child rights bill, next to be discussed under the Dome

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AMMAN — The Cabinet on Sunday approved the draft child rights law for the year 2022.اضافة اعلان

The draft is part of new constitutional amendments that emphasize the need to protect children by creating legislation that regulates the relationship with children, and coordinates between public and private entities concerned with children or charged with providing services to them, in accordance with the legislation in force.

The draft law is also in line with the Kingdom’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires taking legislative, administrative, and other appropriate measures to implement the rights recognized for children in this convention.

Advocacy, Campaign, and Communications director of Save the Children Safa’ Al-Jayoussi told Jordan News that the law is an investment in childhood, and is in the interest of the development process and the right of the child to education, health, and social care; it “is considered a milestone for children in Jordan, as it revolves around achieving their interests in health, education, and development”.

If the law is implemented, “it will be a guiding compass for all parties that work with children: ministries, parents, civil society institutions, and the media”, she added.

Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs Muhammad Miqdad told Jordan News that since 1991, Jordan has had to pass the Child Rights Law, especially after signing international agreements on children’s rights.

Miqdad stressed that the law translates rights into legal articles which are binding on the concerned party. These articles include the provision of primary health care for all children, the right to education, stipulate the quality and obligation of education, the role of parents toward their children, impose penalties on parents whose children beg or drop out of schools, and ensure protection from violence.

According to Miqdad, the law also deals with the quality of services that should be provided to children and the rights of people with disabilities.

He said that “this law is a comprehensive constitution for childhood issues”, and expressed hope that the House of Representatives will approve it, without finding it to be a controversial issue.

Buthyna Frehat, from the National Center for Human Rights, told Jordan News that the Jordanian Constitution emphasizes the protection of the rights of children and that Jordan ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, which makes the convention binding on Jordan.

As such, “the government was required to review its national legislation to issue a special law for children”, she said, emphasizing that the law “will be a real investment in childhood”.

Frehat also said that the adoption of the draft law on the rights of the child is a commitment to the sustainable development goals, and that the law will help build a “generation capable of protecting this country”.

The Cabinet has been working on the law concerning children’s rights in 2015 by holding a series of workshops to discuss the law. A draft law was drafted and sent to the Legislation and Opinion Bureau in 2019, and there were efforts to discuss this law and present it to the Cabinet Services Committee to make some amendments.

The draft law will now be discussed in the Lower House.

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