By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 6 March 2015:
The Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) has said that it intends to enshrine children’s rights in . . .[restrict]the constitution.
The promise has come in response to an initiative by UNICEF, whose Libyan Special Representative Dr Ghassan Khalil raised t issue with chairman Dr Ali Tarhouni during a meeting in Tunis.
The UN charity has spearheaded a number of initiatives in Libya to improve the lives of its children, including Early Childhood development services, psycho-social support for children suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, police training on child protection, primary and secondary school curriculum development and the creation of several safe playgrounds.
The organisation has commended Libya for having combated problems such as underage marriage, the use of corporal punishment in schools and the establishment of juvenile courts. However, UNICEF has challenged Libya to end its reliance on keeping children in institutions, raise the age of criminal responsibility and protect the rights of children from minority backgrounds. [/restrict]