The Speaker of the Liberian National Children's Representative Forum (LNCRF)has concluded a county-wide tour in Bong.
Speaking in an interview with the INSIGHT in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekend, Speaker Jutomue Doetein said he spent some times, educating children on their rights and responsibilities.
The child rights advocate said during his tour of the county, he visited schools and orphanages to explain to children and parents the 2011 children's law of Liberia.
According to Speaker Doetein, in 2011, the Government of Liberia crafted the children's law and it was later passed in 2012.
He added that the purpose of the law is to protect the rights of all children in the country.
He, however, indicated that since the law was passed, there hasn't been more awareness about it among children and other stakeholders.
He said the lack of more awareness on the law is one of the reasons why children’s rights have been seriously violated over the years in Liberia.
Speaker Doetein further disclosed that during his tour, he lectured on Charter 3 of the Law, which talks about the right to Education, The right to life, the right to good health, the right to participate in decisions that affect children.
“During the tour, I met with street children, children in orphanages, children in schools, children in mosques and churches. The children were happy to have learned their rights and responsibilities. I also educated them about the United Nations Convention on the rights of a child,” Speaker Doetein said.
He also toured Margibi County on a similar awareness mission on the rights and responsibilities of children.
“We have been following some of the cases in which a mother put fire in a child’s hand because that child ate her left over food; and another child’s hand was burnt because that child was accused of taking fifty Liberian dollars belonging to her mother without her knowledge,” he added among other things.
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