Somalia PM appoints special envoy for child rights

Published: August 21, 2015

Somalia PM appoints special envoy for child rightsSomalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke has appointed a Special Envoy who will work on promoting Children rights and fight against illegal migration.
The announcement of Maryan Yasin Haji Yusuf was made following the weekly cabinet meeting held in Mogadishu on Thursday chaired by the Prime Minister.
Earlier this year, Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), becoming the 195th state party to the Convention. The move was hailed by the United Nations and leading Human Rights organisations.
Somalia is arguably one of its least protective environments for children. Much of the country has been entrenched in civil conflict for over two decades with children as young as nine forced to fight. The administration and local institutions are unable to provide children with an adequate protective environment that safeguards their rights.
Children and women in Somalia have long faced neglect and discrimination. They have become increasingly vulnerable to all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, much of it is practiced in a climate of total impunity.
The chaos in Somalia has also caused many young men and women to risk their lives by going through dangerous journeys, in order to seek for a better life.
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