Consultation with children on Universal Periodic Review
Save the Children along with Child Rights Advocacy Coalition is developing a child focused UPR (Universal Periodic Review) report on the situation of child rights in Bangladesh and a consultation with children was organized on July 17, 2017. Save the Children, with its partner organization, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) organized the consultation with children to gather their understanding on UPR as well recommendations. Members of different children groups supported by Save the Children, JAAGO Foundation, Bangladesh Girls’ Guide Association, National Children’s Task Force, Child club of Educo and Shornokishori network (a network of adolescent girl) took part in the consultation meeting.
One of the major recommendations expressed by the children to develop awareness on violence against children. . While discussing on violence, Tahmina, a child club member added “Government circular couldn’t wholly stop corporal punishment in the educational institutions”. Addressing on the implementation of existing laws, policies and practices of child rights, Iffat Ara, a member of National Children’s Task Force recommended to develop a mechanism to monitor informal sector closely to reduce child labor. While speaking on ‘right to health’; children demanded that government should ensure birth registration, heath care and free legal aid for children. “Government should ensure the support for education of all children in remote area” added a child participants while responding on ‘right to education’. They also emphasized that there should be a playground and library facility in every school.
The UPR report which presents the analysis of the implementation of Government’s commitments given under the second cycle; will be submitted to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in September 2017. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms including rights of the child.