‘Collective efforts needed to protect child rights’

RAJSHAHI Speakers at a meeting today unequivocally

called for collective efforts of all government and non-government

organisations concerned to protect the child rights for their proper

grooming.

Protecting the children from all sorts of violation, repression and

deprivation is needed for building a healthy and knowledge-based future

generation, they told the meeting here.

UNICEF organised the meeting at Brac Learning Centre to mark the 30th

anniversary of UN Child Rights Convention. Around 50 children and juveniles

from different constituencies in the district joined the meeting and actively

took part in its open discussion.

Reports related to suggestions and recommendations of the meeting will be

placed before the next Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights.

Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the

meeting as the chief guest while Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz

Akhter and Commissioner-in-Charge of Rajshahi division Dr Abdul Mannan spoke

as special guests.

UNICEF's Rajshahi and Rangpur Divisional Head Nazibullah Hameem presided

over the meeting.

Liton said responsive and sensible social and political initiatives are

crucial means for protecting rights of children particularly the slum-

dwelling and underprivileged ones towards transforming them into worthy

citizens.

He said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much positive towards protecting the child

rights and urged the field-level government and non-government organisations

concerned to supplement the government endeavour.

Physical and mental development of children couldn't be possible until

they are protected from violence and deprivation from their early childhood,

the mayor added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)