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Children to meet 50-member committee to discuss child rights

The 50-member committee’s commission for societal dialogue will host Thursday 30 children to discuss their rights in the country’s future constitution

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Oct 2013
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Thirty children delegated by Egypt’s Coalition for Children’s Rights will meet Thursday the societal dialogue sub-committee of the 50-member committee tasked with amending the country's constitution, to present their demands regarding the charter and the protection of their rights.

The delegation will include street children, circumcised girls, children married at a young age, workers’ children and paralysed children, among others.

The coalition said it feared the 50-member committee would host its representatives but would not take into consideration their propositions, as also happened with Egypt’s prior constitutional drafting committee.

After former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military 3 July, following mass protests against Islamist rule, Egypt’s interim authorities have been following a transitional roadmap whose stated objective is to lead the country to democracy.

The constitution, drafted in 2012 by a panel dominated by Islamists, is currently being amended by a 50-member committee after it was reviewed by a commission of 10 judicial experts.

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Sam Enslow
10-10-2013 11:39am
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Forget Treaties?
Egypt ha signed treaties concerning the rights of children, the rights of women, and the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights. It has also signed treaties concerning the freedom of the press. The new constitution will ignore these treaties which are to have equal legal standing with the constitution?
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Tammy
09-10-2013 09:07pm
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listen to the children
They need to pay attention and listen to these children and make sure their issues are taken care of in the constitution. Children have rights & those rights should be protected at all costs. Not only are children sometimes smarter than adults THESE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF EGYPT.
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