Sri Lanka child authority requests political parties not to use children for election activities

Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has requested all the political parties and independent groups not to use children for election related work.

The NCPA Chairperson Attorney Marini de Livera said it has been reported that children are being used for various activities related to the upcoming elections in violation of the rights of the children.

“The NCPA views this matter very seriously,” the Chairperson said in a statement. “Article 36 of Convention of the Rights of the Child declares that: Children should be protected from any activity that could harm their development,” she pointed out.

The NCPA urged the general public to provide information over its 24 hour ChildLine 1929 if such incidents occur.

 

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