The Cabinet withdraws Sudan's previous reservations to articles from the African Charter for Children

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The Cabinet withdraws Sudan's previous reservations to articles from the African Charter for Children

The Council of Ministers, during its regular session, chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk, on Thursday, approved to withdraw Sudan's previous reservations to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which were on articles (11, 10, paragraph 6, and 21, paragraph 2) of the charter.

The approval of the Council of Ministers came in conjunction with the anniversary of the International Children's Day, and after a memorandum submitted by the National Council for Child Welfare, which included the facts of the approval of the Charter and its date, and the confirmation of reservations through the Council of Ministers session No. 160 of the year 2004.a  Confirmation from the National Council for Child Welfare on the need to lift these reservations; The absence of its justifications, with Sudan's ratification of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the development of national legislation during the last period, making the existence of these reservations meaningless, especially in light of the section on rights and freedoms in the constitutional document for the year 2019, the 2020 amendment, as a governing framework for the transitional period.

The memorandum of the National Council for Child Welfare stated that the reserved articles relate to basic rights for children, which must be protected and promoted, to preserve the values of social upbringing, care, protection and development, within the framework of freedom, human dignity and the spiritual values of society.

The details of the articles come so that Article 11 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child provides for the protection of the privacy of children, Article 10 (6) relates to guaranteeing the right of pregnant girls to education, while Article 21 (2) prohibits marriage and betrothal of children under the age of eighteen.

The Minister of Labor and Social Development, Mrs. Lina Al-Sheikh, after the approval of the Council of Ministers, stated that the previous reservations had targeted girls as a way of oppression and failure to recognize their rights. Children and women, which caused the country to be subjected to great international and regional embarrassment; as it came on essential articles in the charter, adding that the reservations were fundamentally inconsistent with the values of the glorious December revolution and the constitutional document