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Parliament approves child rights bill after extensive debate

Lower House  Parliament
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The House of Representatives on Monday approved the draft child rights law for the year 2022, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Parliament Speaker Abdul Karim Al-Dughmi chaired the session that was attended by the Council of Ministers.

The Lower House approved the articles of the draft law, as they came from the joint “Legal, Women, and Family Affairs” parliamentary committee, after extensive discussion among deputies, and a number of amendments were made to the 33 articles of the draft.

The House approved Article 11, which states that the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the competent authorities, take all necessary measures to ensure that children enjoy the highest level of health care, including provided them with basic information related to their health and nutrition, and the prevention of infectious, dangerous and chronic diseases, based on a proposal submitted Representative Ali Al-Khalayleh

The article also includes the right of the child to a safe, healthy, and clean environment, stipulates the development of programs and policies in the field of awareness and guidance in health aspects related to children, and the creation of specialized centers for the treatment and rehabilitation of children in cases of addiction to drugs, psychotropic substances, or volatile substances, according to the available capabilities.

The House also approved the decision of the Parliamentary committee stipulating that the child has the right to an adequate standard of living and protection from poverty.

The Ministry of Social Development, in coordination with the pertinent authorities, is to develop the policies and programs needed to secure the right of all children to basic social care, and enable the family to perform its primary role in raising children, educating them and giving them the care needed to ensure his full normal development.

The deputies approved Article 13, after it was reformulated by the joint committee, which states that a child temporarily or permanently deprived of his family environment has the right to alternative care by decision of the competent judicial authority, and the Ministry of Social Development, in coordination with the competent authorities, and that all necessary measures be taken, in accordance with the relevant legislation, in the best interest of the child.

The deputies also recognized that children have the right to education, and that basic education is compulsory and free, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

The Ministry of Education, in coordination with the competent authorities, should take measures to prevent children from dropping out or having interrupted education, ensure quality education, provide a sufficient number of teachers and counselors in educational institutions, and help them raise their performance, efficiency, and capabilities.

The deputies approved Article 16, paragraph (c), related to providing awareness programs related to children’s growth, health, physical and psychological development, ensuring their education, and providing them with health education at all educational levels, in a manner appropriate to their age and awareness, and in line with religious and social values.

The House of Representatives decided to strike out paragraphs “b and c” of Article 20; paragraph “b” stipulates that smoking and drinking alcohol in the presence of a child is considered an attack on his health and physical integrity, and the capacity of the parents or the person entrusted with the care of a child does not constitute an excuse for committing this act.


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