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Rights of a child must be protected: PM

November 20, 2019 7:02 am

“The Fijian girls and boys who I am sworn to protect are what inspire my government’s work most.”

This is the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as he sends out well-wishes on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Bainimarama believes children should be treated with dignity and respect, just like any adult.

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Recalling the not so distant past when education couldn’t be afforded by many, the PM says children of today are blessed to pursue whatever career they wanted.

“There are more Fijian boys in girls in classrooms across the country than at any point in our history. And with that education, our young people are more empowered than ever.”

The Convention on the Rights of the Child protects the rights of children all across the world to live free from discrimination, violence, abuse, and neglect.

Bainimarama says his government is fully committed to making sure children have the support they need to be secure at all times.

Meanwhile, a 24/7 helpline has been set up by the government to allow children to share their problems with professionals who can guide them in the right direction.

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