UNICEF applauds first-ever children's rights law in Southern Sudan
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||9 April 2009|
|Cite as||UN News Service, UNICEF applauds first-ever children's rights law in Southern Sudan, 9 April 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49fab9e61e.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has hailed the first-ever law recognizing children's rights launched today in Southern Sudan, extolling the Government for its efforts to create a society in which children can grow and develop to their full potential.
The Child Act, inaugurated today by President Salva Kiir of Southern Sudan, defines a child as any person under the age of 18 and requires the Government to recognize, respect and ensure the rights of children enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"This legislation is a major milestone in creating a protective environment in which children can enjoy their rights to health, education and other basic services"