Venezuela meets its commitment to the Convention on the Rights of Children through LOPNA


The rights of children were agreed 30 years ago by the member states of the United Nations (UN), in the Convention on the Rights of the Children (CRC) of 1989. Since then, all countries that are part of the international organization including Venezuela have ratified the Convention, except the United States.
This was stated on Tuesday by María Elena Heredia of the Directorate of Special Attention of Children and Adolescents of the Ombudsman office, during her participation in the «Poder Ciudadano» (Citizen Power) program, broadcast by Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV), on the subject of recognition by Venezuela of the rights and guarantees of children and adolescents under the international treaty.
An important part of this recognition by the Bolivarian Government is reflected in the implementation in 2000 of the Organic Law for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (LOPNA), with which the Venezuelan State assumed the obligation to provide integral protection, both socially and legally, to those under 18 under the precepts of the CRC that group the rights of that sector of the population into four basic categories: survival, development, participation and special protection.
«Venezuela signed and ratified in 1990 this treaty of an universal reach approved by the UN to assume the integral protection of children and adolescents, because it develops a new protection paradigm that overcomes the old way in which childhood and adolescence were understood, since it acknowledges the rights and guarantees for children in an inalienable, imprescriptible and interdependent way in which family, State and society are co-responsible», explained Heredia.
This convention in the form of international law, as explained the interviewee, tries to get the nations that subscribe and ratify them to channel all their efforts to ensure the population of children under 18 enjoys a series of special protection measures, such as access to education, health, social development, so they may grow surrounded by a family environment and handle the necessary information to know how to defend their rights.