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Welcome to ACLR
This website serves as a repository of information on law reform initiatives that are taking place in respect of children’s rights in the Eastern African and Southern African regions. The website therefore contains a plethora of downloadable legal documents, such as Acts, Bills, International Law and Case Law, on the subject of children’s rights. The purpose of this website is to inform the debate around children’s rights, and we hope that it will serve as an excellent electronic resource for activists, researchers, legal specialists, students and many others.
Information can be found on this website relating to countries that form part of the Eastern and Southern African region. Any information that might not be on the website but which is available electronically can be e-mailed to the editors at email@example.com. ACLR is an initiative of the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape and UNICEF, Eastern and Southern African Regional Office.
Lesotho enacts Children's Protection and Welfare Act
On 8 June 2011 Parliament of Lesotho passed the country’s Children’s Protection and Welfare Bill into law. This is a remarkable achievement in light of the fact that this Act will now replace the outdated Children’s Protection Act of 1980.
Approximately 5 years of process took place in order to see the realisation of this key piece of legislation to advance the rights of children in Lesotho. This Act in itself now contains key provisions on orphaned and vulnerable children; residential care for children and justice for children.
UNICEF released the following media...
Zanzibar passes 2010 Children's Bill into Law
On Wednesday, 30 March 2011 the Revolutionary Council of Zanzibar passed its Children's Bill into an Act. They did this by examining each and every clause of what is a substantial piece of legislation.
The Act repeals and replaces the Children and Young Persons Decree, Cap. 58 by providing for the proper care, treatment and protection of children in need of care and protection as well as children in conflict with the law through a comprehensive child centred adjudication and disposition system.
Please visit out website later for a copy of this Act..