Sudan to Host Headquarters of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

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The Vice President of the Republic, Hussabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman, has directed the Ministry of Welfare & Social Security to take the necessary action to host the African Union headquarters of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC).

The ACERWC is affiliated with the African Union (AU).

State Minister for the Ministry of Welfare & Social Security Ibrahim Adam, has briefed the Vice-President on steps being taken that enable Sudan to host seat of the Committee, indicating to Sudan’ strategic role towards issues of rights and issues of the childhood as well as to institutions set up by Sudan for child welfare and solution of their issues.

Adam explained that Sudan has taken important steps to host this headquarters, announcing Sudan commitment to all agreements and requirements.

Africa is the only continent with a region-specific child rights instrument. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) is an important tool for advancing children’s rights. While building on the same basic principles as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the AU Children’s Charter highlights issues of special importance in the African context.

The Committee is a group of 11 individuals of high moral standing, integrity, impartiality and competence in matters of the rights and welfare of the child which are mandated to monitor and report on the fulfillment of child rights in Africa.