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statement: Children and elections
Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children
July 09, 2013
prepares for the harmonized elections, it is sad to note that
this supposed democratic process has been marred with acrimony and
violence in the past. The violence leaves an indelible memory on
the children of Zimbabwe who are the most vulnerable in our population.
As the children see their parents, guardians and teachers being
victimized for their political ideologies, the children will then
grow up being intolerant of difference and with the view that violence
resolves conflicts. Such a mindset will result in an undesired enculturation
of violence in our society.
Child rights organizations
under the auspices of Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare
of Children, commend the rhetoric which is being made by the political
leaders of having peaceful elections. Our appeal however is for
the verbal commitments to be translated into reality for the families
and especially for the children of Zimbabwe who will live longer
with the consequences of our actions today. In view of the above,
as organizations that work with and for children:
1. We call upon
all political parties to observe the dictates of the national Constitution,
Section 81(1) which states that '…every boy and girl under
the age of eighteen years, has the right[...] not to be recruited
into a militia force or take part in armed conflict or hostilities;[...]
not to be compelled to take part in any political activity. We therefore
call on all political parties to abide by the provisions of the
supreme law to ensure a safe environment for our children.
2. We strongly condemn
any closure of schools or disruption of school lessons for children
to be forced to attend political rallies
3. We implore both the
electronic and print media to report on perpetrators of violence
which affects children directly or indirectly where parents are
victimised for their political persuasion.
4. We encourage the police
to expeditiously facilitate judicial recourse for perpetrators of
violence against children in a non partisan
We look forward to a
peaceful election that will usher in a government that will promote,
protect and respect the rights of children.
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