An internal workshop on the rights of the child was organised at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (MJHR) in Luanda, on 27 June 2016. Both MJHR Legal Advisor, Yannick Bernardo, and ILPI Director, Njal Hostmaelingen, presented on the topic.
“The Rights of the Child in International and African Context” was the topic for the workshop that around 15 participants representing different sections at the Ministry had gathered to discuss. Director of the Cabinet for Human Rights Studies and Analysis, José Manzumba da Silva, chaired the event, which began with his opening statement on the cooperation between the Ministry and ILPI, as well as why children’s rights was the focus of this workshop.
Njal Hostmaelingen gave a talk that focused on how international laws and treaty bodies regulate and monitor how children’s rights are upheld, in addition to touching upon the situation in Norway, particularly why Norway has not ratified the Optional Protocol on communications. Following this, Yannick Bernardo, former participant of the Oslo Diploma Course, a three-week human rights training organised by ILPI, gave a talk on the rights of the child in the human rights system in Africa. The workshop ended with an interactive question and answer session.