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SOMALIA: Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child a breakthrough for children and future generations

    January 20, 2015

    Somalia’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a major leap forward for the welfare of children and future generations in the country said Amnesty International as it became the 195th state party to ratify the treaty.

    “Children are the future of any society and their welfare must be a priority for any government. Somalia has shown commitment to protect its children by ratifying the treaty and encourages the government to take concrete practical steps to achieve this,” said Gemma Davies, Somalia Researcher for Amnesty International.

    Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today put pen to paper ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child in a school in Mogadishu. Amnesty International looks forward to Somalia depositing  ratification with the United Nations in New York to set the ball rolling to complete the ratification process.  

    Only two states, USA and South Sudan, now remain in furthering their commitment to the protection of children through ratifying the Convention.

    For more information and interview requests; please contact: Mildred Ngesa; Press officer – mildred.ngesa@amnesty.org : Tel: +254732495215

    Background:

    In 2002 Somalia signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. CRC. On 13 December 2014, Somalia's Parliament voted to ratify it. 

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