Children and adolescents at risk during violent protests in Venezuela
CARACAS, 7 July 2017 – UNICEF reiterates its concern for the safety and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in Venezuela participating in social protests that have in some cases turned violence.
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and adolescents have the right to participate and express their opinions on issues that affect them. The State, local communities and families have a shared responsibility to protect children and safeguard their rights through the promotion of tolerance, respect and peaceful conflict resolution.
UNICEF urges the leaders, conveners and participants in public demonstrations to make these events peaceful and, together with families, guide children and adolescents to avoid exposure to dangerous situations. UNICEF also calls on the national child protection system to redouble its efforts to effectively ensure the protection of children and the dissemination of children’s rights among all actors involved in the demonstrations.
UNICEF reiterates its readiness to strengthen, within the framework of the agreed country programme, its cooperation to ensure the protection of children and adolescents.