Universal Children’s Day: UNICEF Seeks Protection of Children Rights Everywhere

تم نشره في Tue 22 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Universal Children's Day

AMMAN — Universal Children’s Day is more than a day to celebrate children everywhere, it is an annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of every child, UNICEF official said.

"Universal, inalienable rights that the world pledged to protect on this day in 1989, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement .

"Rights to dignity and security, to be treated fairly and to live free from oppression and to have a fair chance in life," the statement stated.

"The health and soul of all societies depend not only on how these rights are recognized – and acted upon.

"On this Children’s Day, Lake said, we must confront the uncomfortable truth that around the world, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day." "They’re being violated around the world, in every country, wherever children are the victims of violence, abuse and exploitation," the statement added.

"Violated wherever they are deprived of an education. Wherever they are denied the chance to make the most of their potential simply because of their race, their religion, their gender, their ethnic group, or because they are living with a disability." "How will these children learn to respect the rights of others if their own rights are violated? How will they view the world, and their responsibility to it? it asked.

"These children are the future leaders of their societies. The future engines of their national economies. The future parents and protectors of the next generation.

"When we protect their rights, we are not only preventing their suffering. We are not only safeguarding their lives. We are protecting our common future."