Thursday, October 14, 2010
Cuba to Consolidate Children's Protection
The project was founded in 2000, via an agreement with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and with financial support from Finland.
Its goal is to raise awareness among children, teenagers and adults regarding laws protecting minors under the age of 18.
The Justice Ministry reported that the program aims to strengthen respect for children's rights and pave the way for the promotion of a culture on the issue.
In that sense, the ministry and other government agencies are preparing a series of social and cultural activities to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the project.
"Por un Mundo al Derecho" is also targeted to achieve more children's leadership, increase participation of minors within society, and create a strategy of training and promotion.
The Convention on Children Rights is a UN treaty and is compulsory.
That international rule covers civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, reflecting the different situations of children and youth worldwide.
The convention has 54 articles that recognize that all children under 18 years old have the right to full physical, mental and social development and to express their opinion freely.
Cuba signed the Convention on Children's Rights on January 26, 1990 and ratified it on August 21, 1991 and it came into effect in September of that year.