Children and adolescents at risk during violent protests in Venezuela – UNICEF – UNICEF (press release)












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Children and adolescents at risk during violent protests in Venezuela – UNICEF








































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CARACAS, 7 July 2017 –UNICEF reiterates its deep concern for the safety and wellbeing of children and adolescents in Venezuela participating in social protests marred by violence.
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CARACAS, 7 July 2017 –UNICEF reiterates its deep concern for the safety and wellbeing of children and adolescents in Venezuela participating in social protests marred by violence.

According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and adolescents have the right to participate and express their opinions on issues that affect them. Under the principle of shared responsibility in protecting children, the State, families and the community should ensure that children are protected.

UNICEF urges the leaders, conveners and participants in public demonstrations to make these events peaceful and, together with families, guide children and adolescents to avoid exposure to dangerous situations. UNICEF also calls on the national child protection system to redouble its efforts to effectively ensure the protection of children and the dissemination of children’s rights among all actors involved in the demonstrations.

UNICEF reiterates its readiness to strengthen, within the framework of the agreed country programme, its cooperation to ensure the protection of children and adolescents.

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Christopher Tidey, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 340 3017, ctidey@unicef.org

 









































 






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