MOI: Children were exploited in “terrorist acts” after Jan 25 revolution
A demonstrator in Cairo runs with an injured child during clashes with security forces - AFP/Mohammed Abed

CAIRO: Assistant to the Minister of Interior for Human Rights Abu Bakr Abdel Kareem said on Thursday that children were used in “terrorist acts” after the January 25 Revolution, and this indicates a noticeable inadequacy in the role of society in raising children, Youm7 reported.

Abdel Kareem clarified, in a workshop entitled “Towards Legislative Amendments to Protect Children from Threats and Exploitation” organized by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood on Thursday, that Egyptian children’s conditions after the revolution deteriorated. He said that certain people used children in criminal and terroristic activities, and children became easy tools in the hands of criminal entities that make use of the fact that criminal verdicts for children are reduced.

He said that this obliges authorities to think objectively and accurately about this problem and create legislative solutions for it that suit the changes in society.

Further, member of Islamic Research Center Abdallah al-Naggar stated that the responsibility for these children falls on the parents, Youm7 reported.

Moreover, during the workshop, head of the Evangelical community in Egypt emphasized the importance of rejecting spousal violence, and paying attention to children during their early childhood.

Egypt has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states in its 54th article that children should have many rights, such as the right to survival, growth, protection from harmful effects, maltreatment and exploitation, full participation in the family, in cultural life and social life, according to the UNICEF website.

Further, labor law no. 12 for the year 2003 organized child labor, stating in its regulations that children less than 17 may not work in mines or dangerous jobs. However, violations to the law have been prevalent.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Mahsoub and Nesma Hossam.

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