Palm Oil Plantation Cultivation should Protect the Children’s Rights

Palm Oil Plantation Cultivation should Protect the Children’s Rights

InfoSAWIT, MEDAN –The regulation in UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights (UNGP) may not be completely protecting the children  though the relationship between the children’s rights and business take place in many cases, not relating to the children’s labor issue only.

So on last Thursday, Pusat Kajian dan Perlindungan Anak (PKPA) together with non-government organizations, children observer institution, the practitioners to children, and the journalists made Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in Saka Premiere Hotel, Medan, North Sumatera.

Senior Officer PKPA, Misran Lubis said, in North Sumatera, there are about 1,2 million hectares (ha)palm oil plantations where 79 government’s companies cultivate, 76 national private companies cultivate, and the people’s plantations. The palm oil plantations have contributed to the regional income.

But the wide areas are assumed to raise issues, including about the human rights protection, and the employee standards to guarantee the safety and the wealthy of the employees in palm oil plantations.

So it needs advocacy concept to make sure that palm oil industries fulfill and protect the children’s rights according to the Human Rights Convention through President’s Decision No. 36 / 1990 which becomes the legal to advocate the children’s issues in Indonesia.

Misran hoped, as InfoSAWITquoted fromElshinta, the synergy in advocacy among the stakeholders, the implementation of Children’s Rights and Businees Principle (CRBP) could run well. (T2)


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