PESHAWAR: Child Rights Movement (CRM) is a group of more than 200 like-minded civil society organizations, working in all four provinces, AJK, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. The aim of CRM is to create an enabling environment for children through collective advocacy on child rights issues. Child Rights Activist from FATA and Coordinator Child Rights Movement, Zar Ali Khan Afridi said that children make up 48.75% of Pakistan’s population, which is one of the largest populations of children in the world. Children remain one of the most vulnerable groups of the population in every aspect. He added that Pakistan has ratified the convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990. Since then the country has submitted five periodic reports, the last of which was submitted to the committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014. The concluding observations and remarks of the Committee submitted to date consistently reflect the government’s lack of the commitment towards protecting and promoting children’s rights in meaningful and sustainable manner.
Child Rights Movement FATA has designed a campaign to draw the attention of the PM Pakistan Mr. Nawaz Sharif to the following issues which if addressed, will promote rights of the child.
Enactment and implementation of all pending laws including:
- National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill
- Prohibition of the Corporal Punishment Bill
- Child Marriages Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014 to increase the minimum marriageable age of girls from 16 to 18.
Zar Ali Khan Afridi said it with a heavy heart that after the verdict of Maulana Sherani statement regarding Child Marriages Bill and age of the girls terming un-Islamic and blasphemous has created issues for activists of child rights in FATA. We have to be cautious now as radical and fundamentalist forces will intend to harm us all. Our campaign was very much successful and distributed post cards among residents of FATA. Many of them had signed and we have sent them to PM for his consideration to pass Bill but situations for Child activists are not favorable in FATA now but we have to keep our work continued for promotion and protection of the children in FATA, he added.
THE PASHTUN TIMES