By Elias Hakizimana
Rwandan child rights activists; Save the children and the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) have revealed that the pending recommendations which Rwanda ratified in the African charter of child rights and welfare still be a challenge to child rights promotion.
These activists have made the call on March 27, 2018 in Kigali during the validation of the findings on the status of implementation of concluding observations issued to Rwanda by the African committee of experts on the rights and welfare of the child in relation to the 2nd and 3rd periodic report.
The one-day meeting was organized by the national commission of human rights in partnership with save the children Rwanda and has brought together partners such as children voice Rwanda, HAGURUKA, CLADHO, Ministry of justice, Ministry of Education among others.
It was emphasizing on implementation of committee recommendations as established by African charter on child rights.
The recommendations which were taken during the previous African charter periodic report were out in 2008 and among them Rwanda was given 28 recommendations in regard with promoting child rights and welfare.
Among them only 17 recommendations were implemented. The remaining recommendations include 6 that are pending and these include special courts for children issues which are not yet established according to Madeleine Nirere, the President of NCHR.
“the charter also observed protection of children against violence but we are still seeing children violence and children are still subjected to hard domestic labour, we are still seeing human trafficking where children are given false promise of jobs and welfare, we still see on streets children who dropped out of school, children without hygiene and stunted ones” said Nirere.
Among the achievements in promoting child rights are the Rwandan penal code amended and established the punishment for human trafficking, punishments for criminals using children in drug sale among others.
Nirere recommends concerned authorities to set up the special children courts specially to give justice assistance to children who face violence issues. “There is a policy governing assistance of children in court, it needs be implemented,” She noted.