The Indian Women’s Press Corps condemns the unilateral action of the Press Council of India’s (PCI) chairman, Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, in seeking intervention on behalf of the PCI in a writ petition filed by Kashmir Times executive editor Anuradha Bhasin in the Supreme Court. Justice Chandramauli Prasad did not confide or even discuss with other members of the PCI before taking this far reaching step.
Bhasin had filed a writ petition in the apex court on August 10 challenging curbs on media freedom in Jammu & Kashmir and sought directions to relax all restrictions on mobile, internet and landline services to enable journalists to perform their duties.
The PCI’s intervention is an abdication of its responsibilities and against the very purpose for which the body was set up. The council founded by an act of Parliament is meant to uphold press freedom and improve standards of journalism. The crux of Ms Bhasin’s writ is to facilitate the operation of the media in Kashmir.
The IWPC also condemns the continuing restrictions on the media in Jammu & Kashmir, which prevents it from carrying out its duties. The rough handling of the media covering the Opposition delegation to Srinagar on Saturday is especially deplored.
Three decades after it was signed, the Convention on the Rights of the Child remains the landmark document guiding the destinies of millions of the world’s children.
As the world gears up to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the landmark Convention, that provides a set of guidelines to ensure that all children are provided equal opportunities to develop and prosper, it is important to look at what has been achieved and what remains to be done.
The Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), in its silver jubilee year, can play a significant role in highlighting the achievements as well as the guidelines that remain to be met on the CRC. To that end, IWPC is partnering with UNICEF, which has a 70-year old presence in India, and has had a seminal role in ensuring that the Convention’s guidelines are met, to raise awareness about the CRC and to further its aims.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children, defined as persons up to the age of 18 years, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly and opened for signature on 20 November 1989, a date celebrated since then as World Children’s Day.
The Convention, which came into force on 2 September 1990 and remains the most rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history, establishes in international law that countries must ensure that all children – without any discrimination – benefit from special protection measures and assistance; have access to services such as education and health care; develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential; grow up in a nurturing environment and are informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible manner. Currently, 196 countries, including India, are State Parties to the Convention.
The 54 clauses of the CRC, divided into four sections, deal with Survival Rights, which include a child‘s right to life and basic needs required for existence, like nutrition, shelter and access to healthcare; Protection Rights, which require that children be protected from all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation; Development Rights, which outline what children need to reach their full potential, like education, leisure, access to information and freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and Participation Rights, which recognize that children should be enabled to play a role in their communities and societies and include freedom to express opinions and to have a say in matters affecting their lives.
India ratified the CRC in 1992. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the CRC and UNICEF’s presence in India for 70 years, IWPC, in its 25th year, is happy to be part of an effort to foster awareness about the kind of nurturing environment required to make the country’s children healthy and confident global citizens and to embrace the highest standards in healthcare, education and legal, civil and social services.
2019 marks 30 years of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@30) as well as celebrations of 70 years of UNICEF in India. To commemorate the occasion, UNICEF & IWPC bring you 30 inspiring stories of boys and girls from Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tamil Nadu – all young people who took a stand and spoke up about issues such as child marriage, child labour and ending violence. They are our Child Rights’ champions.
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