Afghanistan Launches Law on Protection of Child Rights

(Last Updated On: May 5, 2019)

Nearly four million children are deprived of education in Afghanistan, though President Ashraf Ghani vowed this year to improve the quality of education in the country.

The Law on Protection of Child Rights was officially launched on Sunday by Afghanistan’s Second Vice President Sarwar Danish and other government and non-government officials in Kabul.

Speaking at the event, VP Danish said that 44 percent of eligible children have no access to education across the country.

He blamed war, security threats, and absurd customs as the main factors deprived Afghan children of education.

Referring to the UNICEF annual report 2018, Danish said that 5,000 children and teenagers have been killed or injured in nine months in Afghanistan last year.

According to Human Rights Watch annual report, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2018“, he added.

In his remarks, Afghan Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar said that it’s government responsibility to provide children quality health and education services and protect them from violence, abuse, and exploitation.

Due to limited financial support and security problems, the Afghan government has failed to provide the required services for children,” Minister Anwar said.

At the same event, the acting representative for UNICEF Afghanistan, Sheema Sen Gupta said that 3.7 million children are out of school in Afghanistan. She added that 60 percent of these children are girls and in some areas, up to 85 percent of Afghan girls are not going to school.

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