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Zambia has signed four treaties at the United Nations involving the rights of children, women and people with disabilities.

Foreign Affairs minister Kabinga Pande signed the treaties at the UN headquarters in New York, Monday.

The treaties include the Optional Protocol to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and the optional protocol to the convention on the rights of the child and the involvement of children in armed conflict.

The others are the optional protocol to the convention on the rights of the child on the sale of Children , child prostitution and child pornography and the optional protocol to the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Speaking in an interview with ZNBC’s Grevazio Zulu soon after signing the treaties, Mr. Pande said the protocols are important as they affect the weakest in society.

The minister said Zambia is proud to be among the countries that have appended its signature to the treaties.

Among other things the treaty on children aims at ensuring countries strengthen measures that protect children in light of increasing international traffic in children for the purpose of prostitution and child pornography.

It also urges states to strengthen international cooperation in addressing the root causes, such as poverty and underdevelopment, contributing to the vulnerability of children.

The protocol on women urges countries to ensure full and equal enjoyment by women of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and to take effective action to prevent violations of rights and freedoms.

Source: ZNBC

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