This clause is supplemented by article 21(1)(a) of ACRWC
which provides for the elimination of customs and practices prejudicial to the health or life of the child.
In addition, the sample was restricted to women aged 15-26, because this cohort, unlike older ones, grew up in an era in which child marriage was globally condemned (as signified by the widespread ratification of CRC and the ACRWC
Several MPs spoke in support of the ACRWC
, leading to the convention to be ratified without reservations.
The above discussions explain why in Misrata, seven year old children were spotted with automatic weapons and were trained to clean and operate firearms despite the ACRWC
's Article 15(1) and Article 22(2).
Therefore, regardless of semantics, [FGR]-practicing nations who are parties to the ACRWC
could be subjected to sanctions for failing to meet their obligation under the treaty.
inconsistency be discouraged." (160) The ACRWC
Similar to the UNCRC, the 1999 ACRWC
comprehensively sets out the rights of children with an emphasis on universal norms and principles for the status and protection of children, with non-discrimination and the "best interests" of the child being paramount.
(4) Article 12(1) of the CRC states: 'States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.'; Article 4(2) of the ACRWC
states: 'In all judicial or administrative proceedings affecting a child who is capable of communicating his/her own views, and opportunity shall be provided for the views of the child to be heard either directly or through an impartial representative as a party to the proceedings, and those views shall be taken into consideration by the relevant authority in accordance with the provisions of appropriate law.'
Much like the UNCRC, the ACRWC
enumerates a broad spectrum of rights to which unaccompanied children are entitled without regard to citizenship, (135) and mandates that "in all actions concerning the child undertaken by any person or authority the best interests of the child shall be the primary consideration." (136) The ACRWC
entitles children to virtually the same rights as the UNCRC, namely the right to an identity, (137) the right to free, compulsory education, (138) the right to health services, (139) the right to protection against economic exploitation, (140) and the right to protection against physical and sexual abuse or exploitation.
The visit from 3 to 9 August is reportedly part of ACERWC's mandate to promote and protect the rights of children pursuant to the African Charter on the Rights and welfare of the Child (ACRWC
A similar provision encouraging children to participate in their culture's activities is found in Article 12 (2) of the ACRWC