- Enactment of legislations related with a new agency for children and family
Enactment of legislations related with a new agency for children and family
The parliament on Wednesday 15 June enacted legislation to set up a new agency for children and family and basic law to protect the rights of the child. The agency is launched to “basically give priority to the best interests of children” and “do work related to protect rights and interests of children”.
To realise a society where the rights of the child are ensured, JTU has been working together with related organisations to call for enactment of comprehensive law based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, establishment of an administrative agency comprehensively handling matters on children, and establishment of an independent organisation for advocacy and protection of children’s rights.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has repeatedly recommended the adoption of a comprehensive law on children’s rights and a comprehensive childhood policy and strategy and establishment an appropriate coordinating body with a clear mandate and sufficient authority. In this regard, this legislation can be evaluated to some extent, though still inadequate.
Unfortunately, establishment of independent evaluation and monitoring mechanisms targeting all children and areas of the Convention has been postponed. Also, the name has changed from an agency for “children” to for “children and family”. Therefore, we have concerns that support for families would be converted to intervention. However, it is important to remind that children should be the subject of rights, and society should ensure happiness and well-being of all children now and forever. For this aim, we have to continually discuss how concrete policy and strategy on children’s rights can be formulated and implemented.
JTU will work in collaboration with related organizations to realise a society which ensure the best interests and wellbeing of all children. Also, we will continually dedicate our efforts to realise the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in education.