UNICEF calls for shared responsibility | Sunday Observer
Protecting children in protests

UNICEF calls for shared responsibility

8 May, 2022

“All actors must guarantee the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including for children,’’ a media release from UNICEF yesterday stated, adding that it was concerned with reports of violence during protests involving children.

The media reported several children being caught up in tear gas attacks by the police near Parliament on Friday night.

“According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and adolescents have the right to participate and express their opinions on issues that affect them. The State, local communities and families have a shared responsibility to protect children and safeguard their rights,” the UN agency which stands for children’s rights stated.

Calling to cease all acts of violence against children, the release added, “Every adult must act with a sense of responsibility and avoid exposing children to any form of violence, including during protests. We call on law enforcement agencies to avoid the use of force and ensure that fundamental guarantees for the protection of children remain applicable everywhere, at all times.”