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Commemorating Children Day in Indonesia, Puspayoga Said Protect Children from Covid-19 and violence

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The minister believes that future of Indonesian nation lies in hands of children as next generation, for which they must be protected from now on.

Meanwhile, Chairman of People Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo highlighted urgency for Indonesian people to make a commitment and build collective awareness that child protection is everyone responsibility.

Hence, government must be present and take sides with children, while parents must become role models, and society must offer support to children, Soesatyo noted in his remarks during a function to observe HAN at Parliament complex in Jakarta on July 23.

“It is our shared responsibility to guard and protect our children, so that their rights and nature can be guaranteed and guarded,” MPR chairman affirmed.

Families and surrounding community must ensure that children feel safe, physically and psychologically, he emphasized.

Child protection was in accordance with 1945 Constitution of Republic of Indonesia in its Article 28B, paragraph (2), which stipulates that “Every child has right to survival, growth, and development and is entitled to protection from violence and discrimination.”

Furthermore, Article 34, paragraph (1), emphasizes that state is tasked with caring for abandoned children. Child protection has also been regulated in Law No. 23 of 2002 on Child Protection and Law No. 35 of 2014.

However, Soesatyo expressed concern while citing results of a national survey on Indonesian children in 2018 that showed two out of three children and teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years, or 67 percent of them, had experienced emotional, physical, or sexual violence in their lifetime.

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