Child protection

Child protection

Legal Reforms and Institutional Strengthening Project

Child and Adolescent Participation Project

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Popular Participation Law and the Municipal Child Defenders

The Popular Participation Law came into force on April 20, 1994. It is based on the concept of articulated development around the municipalities, where social actors are incorporated as protagonists of social management.

Also, this law recognizes and legitimizes communal forms of organization. In this way, this norm incorporates the multiethnic and plurilingual concept of the Bolivian nation.

The law was amended in July 1996 by Law No. 1702. The amendment defines a municipality as an institution responsible for the prevention, promotion, protection and defence of the rights of the child. To this end, the Child Defenders Offices were created in 1997.

The Municipal Child Defenders are integrated within the municipal system so as to achieve involvement of the community in the defense and observance of child rights.




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