The Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre (CRDOC) has appealed to Malawi’s Parliament to priorities Bills that affect the welfare of children and young people in Malawi.
Malawi’s parliament is meeting in Lilongwe from Monday after state opening last Friday by President Joyce Banda.
The NGO cites several bills, which it says, have been either on the drawing board for years or have been deliberately ignored.
It says bills such as: Trafficking In Persons, Tobacco Tenancy, Disability, Access to Information and the Education Act among others than need urgent attention.
“In the past … Parliamentarians continued to show disinterest, and instead prioritized laws – including Section 46, Injunctions Act, Police Act, Local Courts Act, just to mention a few – that were only calculated to advance their own political whims, as they were passed without much resistance or exhaustive deliberations,” CRDOC Executive Director George Kayange said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.
Apart from that CRDOC also demanded that Parliamentarians should cease the opportunity to begin deliberating and aligning various national laws with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other international legal frameworks, and making the laws child-friendly.
CRIDOC was established to contribute towards the promotion and protection of rights and development of children and young people through information exchange, information documentation and information dissemination.
The centre subscribes to the principle of the “Best Interest of the Child” as enshrined in the international Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which Malawi signed and ratified.