Commission F concludes public hearings report on Child Protection Law

Commission F concludes public hearings report on Child Protection Law

The children are filtering the sands in the Comoro river at Dili on thursday, january 21, 2021. Image TATOLI//António Gonçalves

DILI, 12 august 2021 (TATOLI) – Parliament Committee (F) for Health, Social Security, and Gender Equality had concluded its public hearing report on Child Protection Law, after having audiences with relevant entities.

“Today, Committee F had concluded the report of the public hearing sessions on the Child Protection Law. This report will be handed over to the President of the National Parliament to schedule for its discussion in generality,” the President of the Committee (F), Noe da Silva Ximenes ‘Buka Tuir’ said in JL Vila hotel, on thursday.

The parliamentary session would be focused on three important topics – Minority Law, Child Protection Law, and Child Endangerment Laws.

Buka Tuir said there had been an increase in the articles, from 103 to 135, adding therefore it would need time to discuss the law.

He added the reason for adding more articles during the public hearing was because of the current circumstance: “For instance, we need the right and more definition for these terms – children, youth, and family. Therefore we added some more articles.”

Plan International in Timor-Leste (PITL), Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP), UNICEF, International Labor Organization (ILO), and Timor-Leste Youth Parliament (TLYP) had been advocating and endorsing the Child Protection Law.

Committee F realized the public hearing with the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSSI), JSMP, UNICEF, ILO, and TLYP.

Journalist: Nelia Fernandes

Editor: Julia Chatarina

Translation: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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