Ombudsman Office focusing on child rights in Sindh

KARACHI: The Ombudsman Sindh Asad Ashraf Malik said on Monday that scope of children complaint office was being broadened for focusing on systemic issues and addressing root-causes of violations of child rights in Sindh; for the purpose proposal for appointment of Child Commissioners at district level was under consideration.

He was talking a UNICEF delegation headed by Sarah Coleman, Chief Protection Section who called on him at his office.

The Ombudsman said that the children complaint office will have a pro-active approach as it would go in the field to find violations of child rights in different sectors of the society.

He informed the delegation that the Ombudsman Office was focusing on institutional reforms, implementation of international conventions and child education. He said that Ombudsman office was working for more involvement of children in the investigation process and for bringing children’s voice in policy arenas.

The visiting delegation discussed with the Ombudsman the broadening of existing cooperation with the UNICEF in implementation of international conventions and raising awareness of children rights violations in public, civil society and the media.

The delegation stressed the need for enlisting support for civil society in the prevention of child rights violations and rehabilitation of affected children.

Sara Coleman has been recently appointed as Chief of UNICEF Child Protection Section following retirement of Samranda Popa, who served in the capacity in Pakistan for few years.

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