Sunday, 09 December 2007

Rights of children in prison

By Idi Karriem Omary

There are a number of reasons for children being in prison, e.g. drugs, crime and pregnant mothers giving birth, etc.

Some children are in prison because they were born in prison, and their mothers was pregnant when she went to prison. As the result, some of UN Convention right for children may have been violated. Such as:
Article 6
All children have the right to life. Government should ensure that children survive and develop healthy. Because if a baby born in prison, he/she will not have a healthy development and upbringing as you would when you were not in prison.
Article 7
All children have the right to legally registered name, the right to nationality and the right to know and, as far as possible, to be cared for by their parents. Because at the age of 3 they are removed from their mother and they are placed in foster care - as a result your name will only be legally registered after 3years.
Article 16
All children have right to privacy. Because whether you were born in prison or sentence to juvenile sentence and have is a total lack of privacy, upholding of customs and religious traditions.
Article 19
Government should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them. Because government cannot always ensure that children in prison are properly cared for as far as evidence, abuse and negleat goes internal fighting, gang violence and abuse from fellow in mates.

I think mothers must be more involved with the community and be able to teach and educate their mothers-to-be.

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