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New law for child rights to be celebrated in South Sudan capital

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April 8, 2009 (JUBA) – The President of the Government of Southern Sudan is expected Thursday to officially launch the Child Act in Southern Sudan.

The legislation is being inaugurated after having passed through some contentious debates on issues like female genital cutting and child adoption – a matter complicated by wide-scale abductions carried out in some areas of the South.

But the director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Southern Sudan, Peter Crowley, ultimately voiced praise for the legislation, calling it “a major milestone in creating a protective environment in which children can enjoy their rights to health, education and other basic services, to access information, to express their views, and to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and harm.”

An independent Children’s Commission will be established by the law to investigate reported child rights violations.

The new law defines the child as any person under the age of 18 years and requires all levels of the Government of Southern Sudan to recognize, respect and ensure the rights of children.

“Any member of the community who suspects that a child’s rights have been violated or are at risk, has the duty to report the case to local authorities,” stated UNICEF on the eve of the Act’s launch.

“In addition the law states that parents have duties and responsibilities to have their children’s births registered, to protect their children from neglect, discrimination, violence and abuse, to provide them with good care and guidance and to ensure that they receive full time education.”

The new law bans and criminalizes the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups, and also bans the torture and cruel treatment of children – including the of use corporal punishment in schools, jails and public institutions – as well as early marriage and other negative and harmful cultural and social practices, and the use of children for prostitution and pornography.

According to the legislation, children under the age of 12 can not be held accountable for criminal acts and no child under 12 years can be arrested and imprisoned. Furthermore the law establishes a restorative justice system for children above the age of 12 years accused of crimes, which allows for reconciliation, restitution and compensation without depriving the child accused of a crime of his or her liberty

For children living without parents, the law requires that those children are provided with alternative family care in their community, including care by relatives, or by foster parents or adoptive families.

The law recognizes that children who are victims of abuse, violence, neglect, injury, maltreatment and exploitation, including sexual abuse and exploitation, have the right to treatment and rehabilitation, according to UNICEF.

In turn, children are responsible for respecting parents, guardians, superiors and elders. They should also serve the community, preserve and strengthen social and national solidarity, uphold the positive values of their community and maintaining positive relationships with fellow citizens, says the law.

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  • 9 April 2009 07:07, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    It is well understood by the wise and genuine Equatorians, and they will follow this rule, how about our jungle community, is this not a clear system for them to encourage their youth to keep looting cattle and further attack across the neighbouring states. It is hard to juge at this stage. But if your wise,it is obvious to examine the lost tribe of dinkas and junglese in particular. They will now orgainse their community memebers including elders, but turning all this into the umberella of under age, if anyone is denying what i have suggested just wait and you will see tomorrow not next month.

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    • 10 April 2009 08:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Hey Mr Big Logic Boy,

      Do you accepts the truth really? I know every time you mentioned junglese community, you mean Dinkas and that is absolutely true. Well, it is okay for you to call Dinkas communities the way you want to, but according to my own notion between Dinkas and Equatorians communities, there is a big different and that is why Dinkas called Equatorian people as "DOR PEOPLE", which mean those who are easy "goers". They can adopts to any situations or they are vulnerable to any changes being applied whether bad or good.

      My friend Mr Logic Boy, don’t generalized the whole people of Equatoria by saying that "it is well understood by the wise and genuine Equatorians people". It is better for you to said that you understand it. But, I don’t think whether the whole Equatorians people accept that law. If they whole Equatorian people accept this law, then it is okay to me. I don’t care!.

      Mr Logic Boy, I know the reason why you accept this law is because most of the Equatorian ladies genitals parts were been cut off by the Arabs during their present in Juba, Maridi, Tumbara, Yei, Nzara and so many other towns in Equatoria. But, to tell you the truth, we Dinkas people of Southern Sudan, we can’t let our girls to be treated like the way your ladies from Equatorian were badly humiliated by the Arabs. So, it is okay for you to adopted that law since all Equatorians ladies were been suffering in hand of Arabs people.

      Second to that, what kind of right are you supporting about? If it doesn’t happened in Equatoria for the child to have right, then in Dinkas communities, the child has a right to enjoy whatever he want to do in Dinkas communities except only disrespect, disobedience and looting as well as stealing are not permitted for the child to do according to Dinkas’ civil laws.

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      • 10 April 2009 10:42, by jmnda me

        TO: 1-MOTO MOTO
        2-PROBE LOGIC
        3-GATWECH
        4-AKOI
        5- LOKUTAWENG
        6-AROCHTHON
        7-BABA
        8-SHIDD SIMON
        9- AXAN
        MY dear brother southern Sudanese.i know you can do a lots of good think to our country with your very volubly time you spanned tearing down one another.it is not that i think i am better then you.nor i thought that i know more then you do.in fact i learned so mach from you in very Little time.i totally understated the concern of ache and every one of you.
        but there are so many think that we need to take in to account here.
        1-our tribe are not all perfect.there for we must do our homework first before we jump to attack our other respective tribe.
        2-we must know that our enemy could be well behind all this tribal conflict.since they are going to be the beneficial of any outcome.remember the enemy is too smart to ignore.some of them can even use our tribes name in order to manipulate our discussion’s we can just spanned most of our time talking about tribalism issue. inset of the real new Sudan issue.
        brothers and sisters,if you love your tribe’’then you should love all the other tribe.because your tribe alone can not be the south Sudan what so ever
        dear brothers.your leadership is wanted in south Sudan now more then ever.
        let us think and serve for cause of something greater then our self.
        thanks may god bless you all,may god bless south Sudan.(jmnda)

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  • 10 April 2009 09:31, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    What is the job of Salva Kiir Miyardit, as a first vice president of Sudan and a president of Southern Sudan really? Why did he always involved with things that are not helpful? What does the child right has to do to Southern Sudan? Last two months ago, he attended the inaugauration opening of electricity power station in Wau which is not his job by which the Southerners expect him to followed the foot-step of our late Dr John Garang.

    Then, again he sign the child right which is unmeaningful to me because a child right has nothing to do with CPA. Salva Kiir Miyardit, is supposedly to know his job as a president of Southern Sudan, "otherwise he will not carried the cross from the garden of Eden to the promise land which people expected him takes people there.

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  • 10 October 2013 10:36, by negruvoda

    It’s a very good news! The children need to be protected not only by their children but also by the State and its laws. I often talk with the Jason Cook lawyer about this issue and he is also happy to see that this law was enforced.

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