20 Jan 2015
The rights of children in Somalia have been made legally binding following the ratification by the Horn of Africa country of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Twenty-six years after the treaty first entered into force, Somalia has become the 195th state party.
The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF on Tuesday called the news an “important step”.
Christophe Boulierac, Spokesperson for UNICEF, said the ratification is a public commitment made by Somalia to support children.
” It’s a focus on child rights. Somalia is facing many difficulties, there are lots of priorities, and I can also add that of course it’s an opportunity I think for the international community to support the Somalian government especially in terms of capacity building to help the children of Somalia.” (0’20”)
In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, hundreds of schoolchildren witnessed a ceremony led by the country’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to mark the event.
The Convention sets out the measures states need to take to protect and promote the civil, political, economic and cultural rights of all children.
Stephanie Castro, United Nations.