Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia to join international agreement protecting the rights of children

The Khaleej Times reports Saudi Arabia is to join an international agreement for protecting the rights of children.

The agreement, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, guarantees the protection of children from being sold, prostituted, and used in pornography and armed conflicts.

In a press statement, the Shoura’s secretary-general, Abdullah Al Ghamdi, said -

“The human rights committee gave a detailed description to the council on the protocol, which has 17 articles and aims to protect children from sexual and economic exploitation.”

He added, "The protocol also makes it binding on governments to protect children from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. The articles of the protocol also express concern at the sale and exploitation of children in some countries.”

* It's a pity that more countries in the "West" don't do more to protect children's rights instead of betraying them.

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