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ARC calls for stringent child protection measures in travel and tourism, in wake of recent cases of rape of minors

ARC strongly condemns the recent cases of rape of 11 and 16 year olds, with both cases reportedly happening at guesthouses in Male’ City. ARC expresses deep concern with the lack of supervision of guesthouses registered with the Ministry of Tourism and remains deeply concerned about reports of numerous unregistered room rentals that continue to […]

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ARC AID program launched to support vulnerable children and families affected by Covid-19

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) has launched ARC AID, a special programme to facilitate provision of basic food supplies to children affected by the crisis. While many vulnerable families in the country have been hit extremely hard by the Covid-19 crisis, the containment measures have left some

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ARC Welcomes the Landmark Decision by the Supreme Court on Cases of Sexual Abuse against Children

ARC welcomes the landmark decision by the Supreme Court, reversing a previous decision by the High Court to dismiss a case of sexual abuse against a minor. The Supreme Court decision also reinstated key parts of Article 47 of the Special Provisions Act to Deal with Sexual Abuse Offenders (Law No: 12/2009), on the standard

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Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Football Association of Maldives (FAM)

Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Football Association of Maldives (FAM) today, to work collaboratively in promoting and protecting the rights of children. The agreement was signed by ARC’s Executive Director Zeena Zahid and FAM’s General Secretary, Hussain Jawaz. Under this MoU, ARC will work with FAM to

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ARC signs Agreement with Ministry of Youth, Sport and Community Empowerment to work in collaboration to protect and promote the rights of children

Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) signed an agreement with Ministry of Youth, Sport and Community Empowerment today, to work collaboratively and engage with communities in the area of promotion and protection of the rights of children. The agreement was signed by Founder Zenysha Shaheed Zaki and Minister Ahmed Mahloof respectively. Under the agreement, ARC

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ARC partners with Maldives Police Service and UNICEF to conduct a sensitization programme on child rights and child protection for police officers

Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) has partnered with Maldives Police Service and UNICEF to conduct a series of sensitization programmes for police officers across the country. The first programme held from 20 to 22 February 2020 in Addu City comprised a total of 29 participants including division and atoll commanders, station in-charges as well

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ARC welcomes the Child Rights Protection Act (19/2019) which came into effect today

Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) welcomes the Child Rights Protection Act (19/2020) which came into effect today. The Act defines a child as an individual person from conception to attainment of 18 years of age after birth. It ensures core values reflected in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) including right

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ARC calls on the government to introduce a mandatory system of substantive background checks for any individual engaged in paid or unpaid child-related work

Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) is deeply concerned about the many allegations of abuse towards children with disabilities that have come to the attention of the public. ARC believes that children with disabilities require special protection measures, as they can be targeted specifically because of their vulnerabilities. ARC therefore urges relevant authorities to exercise

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ARC condemns in the strongest terms the recent case of rape of a 2-year old

ARC condemns in the strongest terms the recent case of rape of a 2-year old. ARC remains deeply concerned about the systematic flaws in the child protection system in the country, and that cases of child abuse continue to be neglected and overlooked due to the deficiencies in law enforcement, judicial and social sectors tasked

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