Thursday, October 12, 2006

International Groups Seek Inclusion of Children's Issues at Summit Talks

"As the summit talks between the ruling seven party alliance and the Maoists concentrated mainly on political issues, child rights organizations have submitted a memorandum to the coordinator of the Peace Committee, Ram Chandra Paudel, urging him to consider the issue of child rights in the summit talks slated for Thursday. The memorandum has appealed to the government, political parties and the Maoists to include children's issues in the peace process to maintain social harmony, rehabilitate the children and reintegrate and reunite them with their families and communities. Representatives of the Institute of Human Rights Communication, Nepal, Save the Children Norway, National Coalition for Children as Zones of Peace, Women Security Pressure Group, INSEC, among other organizations submitted the memorandum demanding inclusion of children's issues in the peace talks. Keeping in mind the international recognition that children are zone of peace, both the government and the political parties should declare that children below the age of 18 years are banned in armed activities, the memorandum said." nepalnews.com Link to Article (last visited 10-12-06 NVS)

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