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States Parties to the CAJ recognize the rights of young people with specific needs


Oct 20, 2023

BUJUMBURA October 20th  (ABP) – States Parties to the African Youth Charter (CAJ) adopted on July 2, 2006 in Banjul, Gambia, recognize the right of young people with specific needs to special care, and must ensure that those young people have equal and effective access to education, training, health care, employment as well as sports, physical education, cultural and leisure activities.

It was specified in Article 24 of the said Charter in point b that those member countries of the African Union (AU) having already ratified the latter, must work to eliminate obstacles which could hinder the integration of young people with mental disabilities and physical to society, including the provision of infrastructure and services to facilitate mobility.

In the general sense and according to the 25th article, States Parties to the CAJ have the duty to take appropriate measures, with a view to eliminating dangerous social and cultural practices which affect the well-being and dignity of young people, in particular young people practices and customs that affect the health, life or dignity of young people, as well as practices and customs that are unequal towards young people, based on gender differences, age or other criteria.

As a reminder, the Burundian Senate unanimously adopted the bill ratifying by the Republic of Burundi the African Youth Charter dated December 8, 2022, while the said Charter was promulgated by the Head of the State, Evariste Ndayishimiye and January 9, 2023.