Sudanese child and human rights says human rights in the continent continue to be a serious issue

By: Ishraga abdarrhman

Khartoum, Sudan (Sudanow)- In line with the African Union Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary, the Sudanese National Group for Human Rights (NGHR) held a symposium on Women and Children Rights in Africa, stressing the need and significance of women and child rights in Africa as a whole and Sudan in particular . “The symposium was carried out in order to stress the need and significance of women and child rights in Africa as a whole and Sudan in particular and also to shed some light on the progress and how far human rights institutions have come in terms of what they have been able to achieve in the areas concerning women and children” a press release issued by AU said. The release received by sudanow.info.sd on Saturday said the Sudanese NGHR congratulated the OAU in its 50th Anniversary and commended the efforts of human rights groups in the country and further hoped that in the next 50 years the union and Africa will be developed beyond expectations. Speaking at the symposium, Dr Attiat Mustapha who is a consultant, women and child defender and paediatrician at the University of Khartoum and other universities called for “a united, safe and developed Africa in the coming years” and added that improvement of the welfare of women and children is necessary for Africa’s development. According to the release Ms Mustapha also added that the protection of all human beings was a vital matter to the African continent, and that the protection and promotion of women and children’s rights should be at the forefront. The Sudanese scholar, the release said has called for ending all forms of slavery and for prevention of child slavery. Dr Mustafa has stressed in her intervention that Sudanese women are among the pioneers in Africa as they have currently enjoyed the right to conduct , assume public position on equal footing with men. She stressed that Sudanese wormen are among the few in Africa whgwho enjoyed voting in elections as early as the 1950’s when they took part in the first elections in the country, shortly after in dependence in 1956. In her statement she added that at the African regional level, Sudan is a party to the African Union constitutive Act which was adopted in the year 2000 at the Lome summit in, Togo, and entered into force in 2001. Also speaking at the symposium, Mrs Gamar Habani of the Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum and an Advocate and Lawyer spoke on the issue of child rights. She was quoted as saying that “The problem of child labour in Africa is still a serious issue” and appealed for the end of the use of children as soldiers. . Ends Mo

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