The Press Club of India and Indian Women’s Press Corps express serious concern that journalists on duty have come under attack while covering the communal violence rocking northeast Delhi since last Sunday.
Several of them have been hospitalized. They have been punched and attacked by communal mobs, and police were either absent or have not come to help. Shockingly, mobs were checking religious credentials of journalists.
A television journalist has sustained gunshot injuries. Another has been hit in the face and has several teeth missing. A woman journalist has also sustained injuries. Television media seem to have been specially targeted.
We have little doubt the attackers actively sought to prevent videography or photography that may lead to them being identified.
A lethargic police and politicians instigating communal violence cannot escape blame for attacks on the media.
A few weeks ago, journalists were physically assaulted by the police themselves when reporting the violence that attended the Jamia protests.
Earlier, police stood mutely while supporters of right-wing mobs that had attacked JNU heckled and hit journalists.
We expect the authorities, particularly the police and the Union home ministry, to be alive to democratic sensibilities and ensure that media are not brought under physical assault.
Anand K Sahay Jyoti Malhotra,
(President, Press Club of India) (President, IWPC)
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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