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ZimRights calls for rescue of Somerby children
Rights Association (ZimRights)
September 06, 2011
learnt with great concern the abuse of the under aged children at
Somerby settlement near Snake Park in Harare.
These are reportedly
forced into marriages by their parents and guardians owing to poverty
and related circumstances at the settlement. According to the Herald
newspaper dated September 05 2011, at least 20 girls, aged between
10 and 15 years, have reportedly been forced into such marriages.
Parents are said to have put in place measures to keep the matter
under wraps despite being full aware of the law's condemnation
of a marriage of children under 18 for boys and 16 for girls.
The Child Protection
and Adoption Act Section 7 and 8 (under ill-treatment and exploitation
of children and young persons), criminalises on the part of parents;
the approval of marriages of children below the age of consent because
it exposes minors to further abuse that is detrimental to their
the already existing regulatory instruments on such issues. The
law must deal with the culprits accordingly. We call for urgent
enforcement of those regulatory instruments as well as compliance
with regional and international instruments which Zimbabwe is signatory
to. The international calls include the ILO supported elimination
of worst forms of child labor. There also exist other instruments
that need to be honoured such as the United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and
Welfare of the Child.
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