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South Sudan, 20 November 2013: South Sudan National Legislative Assembly passes the bill for Ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

JUBA, 20 Nov 2013 - The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly has passed the bill to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). If signed, South Sudan will become the latest country to ratify the CRC and the two optional protocols. The CRC is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have.

“By passing the bill for ratification, the parliament of South Sudan have today shown the people of this country especially our children and the international community that we are committed to ensuring that the rights of children in the world’s youngest nation are realised,” said Honourable Anne Abyei, Member of the South Sudanese Parliamentary Committee of Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Religious Affairs, Youth and Sports.

Since its adoption by the UN General Assembly in 1989, 193 countries have ratified the CRC making it the world’s most ratified international treaty. South Sudan will become the 194th nation to ratify the convention once it is signed by the president. By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the CRC, national governments commit to protecting and ensuring children's rights and agree to be held accountable for this commitment before the international community.

“If the CRC is ratified, more children will be able to go to school, child labour will stop and girls will no longer be married off at a young age,” said 13 year-old John Peter

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and Save the Children International have worked hard to ensure that the Government of South Sudan ratifies the CRC. 

“The United Nations (family) in South Sudan and its partners congratulate the country on the passing of the bill for ratification of the CRC and the two optional protocols. We are committed to continue supporting the government and other partners in its implementation to ensure that children’s rights are realized,” said UNICEF’s Chief of Child Protection, Ms Fatuma Ibrahim

Note to Editors

In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Universal Children’s Day and encouraged all nations to observe an annual day to promote mutual understanding among children and global action on their behalf.  20 November, observed as Universal Children’s Day by many countries, marks the day on which the General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

For more information, please contact: 

Mercy Kolok, Communication Officer, UNICEF South Sudan
Mobile: + 211 (0) 955639658, Email: 



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