Manama, Feb. 17 (BNA): Labour and Social Development Minister and Chairman of the National Childhood Committee, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, has lauded the ratification and issuance of the Corrective Justice Law for Children and their protection from ill-treatment by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, after being endorsed by the Shura and Representatives Councils.
The law reflects HM the King’s keenness to improve the conditions of children at the legal, social, educational and cultural levels, he said, noting that Law 4/2021 guarantees restorative justice, care and protection from ill-treatment for children. It aims to give top priority to the child’s interests in all rulings, decisions and procedures related to them, regardless of the authority that issues or executes them.
Humaidan pointed out that the new law strengthens the kingdom’s regional and international status in the field of human rights protection, as it reflects its keenness to activate the provisions of the child-related international agreements and treaties it has ratified, adding that the new national legislation will ensure children’s interests and right to live in peace.
He also stressed that the new law will play a vital role in the work of public and private institutions.
He indicated that the Labour and Social Development Ministry was keen to implement Article (14) of the Child Law, through the establishment of the Child Protection Centre in 2007 which includes affiliate offices at the Justice, Interior, Health and Education ministries, in addition to the Public Prosecution.
He said that the centre is the competent authority in charge of ensuring child protection, and following up on cases of child physical and psychological abuse, negligence and sexual assaults, adding that a toll-free hotline (998) was launched in 2011 to receive complaints and give assistance to children.
Bahrain is a leader in legalising child rights through the issuance of many decree-laws in this regard. It has also been keen on ratifying international treaties aimed at preserving and protecting the rights of children, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
The kingdom has also signed a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding with the relevant international child rights organisations and their affiliate committees.