Muscat, May 30 (ONA) —- Lana Khalil, Unicef Representative in the Sultanate said that Oman has an impressive record in the area of children's rights. The Sultanate has a strong commitment to these rights and takes its obligations under the different UN Conventions related to children seriously, she affirmed.
She pointed out that Oman achieved in a relatively short period of time universal health coverage and access to education.
“The Child Law bans violence against children and mandates the reporting of child rights violations. Child Protection Committees have been set up to address child abuse, while a child protection hotline has been operating for the past three years. In schools, corporal punishment of children is now illegal. We continue to work with the government on priority areas linked in vision 2040 and national plans,” she added.
She furthered that a recent study commissioned by UNICEF and Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information, the Child Well-being and Empowerment Index (CWEI), found that Oman scored high on child well-being and empowerment across the domains of health, wealth, education, protection and water and sanitation.
The United Nations General Assembly entrusted the Sultanate with the task of chairing the high-level meeting event to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 20 November 2019, in recognition of the Sultanate's role and record in the area of children's rights, she added.