Tirana 1 April, 2019- The Speaker of the Albanian Parliament, Gramoz Ruci has called Ministers of the Cabinet to a special hearing today with the Friends of Children’ Parliamentary Group. The purpose of this high-level meeting is to put the spotlight on what the Government of Albania has done to fulfil the rights of all boys and girls in Albania. The hearing begins a whole year of activities by the Friends of Children Parliamentary Group to mark the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 30th birthday.
The special hearing precedes the official submission by the Government of its Fifth Periodic Report on implementing the UNCRC and its Optional Protocols to the UN Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child. After the Committee has scrutinized the Report it is expected to issue concluding observations to highlight the most important child rights issues now facing Albania. Today’s hearing will close with a statement of the priorities for children’s rights in Albania of each main stakeholder.
The Report breaks new ground by including the voices of children and young people. The opinions of 1,084 children and adolescents were gathered, with the support of UNICEF on their perceptions about the implementation of the Convention in Albania.
Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Gramoz Ruci says: "Albania has undertaken another positive step in ensuring the protection of children's rights since the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This proves that the “Friends of Children” Parliamentary Group is not a formal and symbolic group but a functional and productive group able to design laws to protect the rights of the children, the rights of the new generation”.
UNICEF Representative in Albania, Dr. Roberto De Bernardi says: “The rights of children that the Convention on the Rights of the Child embodied thirty years ago are unchanging, but the world in which children live is in constant change. All of us – whether in our professional or our civil capacities – have an ongoing duty to support children to recognise and realise their rights by always using the Convention as the benchmark to measure how progress is being made. Today’s meeting is to reflect the continued journey that Government of Albania must still commit to make in this direction”.
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