Children’s Involvement in Harmful Chemical Spraying/Gassing

Advocacy for Child Justice (ACJ) is deeply perturbed by reports in the media indicating the involvement of children in the spraying of unknown poisonous chemicals with intent to injure/harm fellow children. The- Spraying-of-Harmful-Chemical reports which has dominated our air waves makes a very sad reading and shows how Zambia is swiftly degenerating into a heartless society and a threat to children’s safety and development. Zambia is no longer safe for the children! The current situation and confession stories of children being used by unknown people in this evil gassing/spraying of innocent people and their fellow children is a violation of children’s rights, and a serious assault on Article 24(1)(2) on the protection of young persons from exploitation. Article 24(1) (2) Amendment No.18 of 1996 of the constitution of Zambia states that: (1) “No young person shall be employed and shall and shall in no case be caused or permitted to ... Read More
UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty ACJ Zambia

UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty Today ACJ participates at the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty: Sub – regional launch in Pretoria, South Africa, at the Center for Human Rights. It has been observed in the key note speeches that society should be more forgiving towards child offenders. It was also noted that children are at the heart of sustainable development, which gives us a reason children must be a focus of all investments and deprivation of liberty must be of last resort, and use of alternative sentencing for children be emphasized in our countries. Justice Albie Sachs, former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, observed that there entrenched constitutional obligations for countries to protect and fulfilling the rights of children. And one of ways to protect children is letting them be children. #LetTheChildrenBeChildren#UNGlobalStudyOnChildrenDepriveOfLiberty ... Read More