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New child protection framework adopted in The Republic of Congo

Better protection mechanisms key to stamping out abuse

BRAZZAVILLE, 29 June 2010 – A new child protection framework has been announced by President Denis Sassou Ngesso.  The announcement was made by the Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity, Mrs. Emilienne Raoul during celebrations to mark the day of the African Child.

"The child is a precious being that we must protect. Until today, the Congo did not fully recognize in law the special needs and requirements that must be in place to help build a better future for children,” said Mrs. Raoul. ‘We hope that this framework will help officials, civil society and communities act against child abuse.’

Congo Brazzaville is the fifth French speaking African country to pass such measures for child protection. It is made up of a collection of texts covering all aspects of child protection, including issues concerning children in conflict with the law.

The Republic of the Congo is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1993), the two Optional Protocols and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. With the adoption of the approach comes recognition that the welfare service in the country is weak and will need more funding. Regulation and legislation need to be updated and harmonized.

"This framework will better monitor the violation of children's rights abuses and help to improve the situation to build a protective environment for children,” said Marianne Flach, UNICEF Representative in Congo. “It is a major breakthrough that opens new perspectives in the protection and realization of children's rights in Congo”.

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For additional information and/or interviews, please contact:
Hector CALDERON, Communication Officer, UNICEF-Republic of Congo
Tel + 242 613 22 65




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