Child Rights: UNICEF Dialogues With Online Publishers




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ENUGU (Sundiata Post) – The United Nations Children’s Fund () has organised a -day media in Enugu, capital of Enugu , with online publishers to discuss the convention on child which came into force through the UN General ’s resolution 44/20 of 20 November, 1989.
The , which began yesterday and ending today (Friday) has been put together by the Child Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information collaborating with .
Attending the workshop are 15 selected publishers of online newspapers different parts of the country and representatives of major conventional newspapers based in Enugu, as well as some lecturers.
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A Communication Specialist, Geoffrey Njoku kick-started the discussion by making a run-down of the contents of the convention on the child , which he said, countries of the world signed except the United States of America and Somalia.
According to Njoku, there are four key principles of the Child Rights Convention, including non-discrimination, best interest of the child, life survival and as well as respecting the views of the child.
He said that the provisions, which are universal, indivisible and accountability, are inter-dependent and inter-related.
At the , Dr. Chikwendu Ogbonnaya, a policy expert also gave a lecture on special responsibility and interest in online journalism practice: defining a policy for online journalism.
Also, Dr. Abigail Ogwezzy of the of Lagos will today give a talk on perspectives of children’s rights in current online journalism practice in Nigeria while Akin Jimoh of UNICEF Nigeria will deliver a lecture on children’s right and online journalism practice in Nigeria: setting an agenda for children.
The publishers are expected to end the dialogue looking collectively at the scoping online opportunities for child rights advocacy as well as presenting group work.
The UNICEF Convention describes a child as every being below the age of eighteen years, unless the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier even as it ask the stakeholders to respect the rights set forth in the convention

 

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This rights, the convention insists, should be conferred in each child without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardians race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other statues.
UNICEF’S Convention urges to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the child is protected against all forms of discrimination or punishment on the basis of status, activities, expressed opinions, or beliefs of the child’s parents, legal guardians, or family members.