Administration of North and East Syria to legislate Child Protection Law in 2022

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Child Protection Law is among the new laws that the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria is soon to legislate at the beginning of 2022.

Co-Chair of DAA’s Office for the Protection of Children in Armed Conflicts Newroz Ali confirmed that, “based on the agreement signed between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the United Nations, the DAA opened this Office on 1 October 2020,” and established branch offices in all the Autonomous and Civil Administrations.”

Ali indicated that the Office’s priorities are to stop and prevent child recruitment, protect them from all kinds of harassment and abuse, and facilitate their enrollment in schools.

Concerning the Office’s work, Ali said that next year they will launch a campaign against sexual harassment of children under the title of “Do Not Touch Me”.  In addition, they will be opening vocational training centers for children and following up on the implementation of anti-child labor policies.

She also spoke about the difficulties facing the Office due to the deteriorating economic situation, ongoing conflicts, and the absence of laws that protect children.

“Currently, the Child Protection Law in the DAA is being drafted. It should be approved in the beginning of 2022,” she concluded.