Stop using children for political gain

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It is shocking that children get used in the vanguard of recent demonstrations in some parts of Myanmar. From a logical point of view, children are unable to even spell ‘politics’, let alone know what it means to them. There must be unscrupulous politicians behind the curtain orchestrating the demonstrations as a means to voice their demands. True politicians will however denounce the use of children for political purposes as a scandalous way of manipulating public opinion.
As a signatory to the Convention of the Rights of Children (CRC), Myanmar should exercise its prerogative to warn all of its political parties to refrain from using children in political activities. The CRC states that children have to be protected “from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation.”
Every society will find it intolerable to have the underaged become lured into or compelled to be involved in political activities. Bearing that in mind, the government, as well as all political parties, should provide a safe haven for children so that they can continue their routines such as going to school, playing sports and enjoying other childhood activities with friends and families.
Let alone the act, even the thought of using children for political gain is aberrant behaviour. The onus is therefore on all of us to keep children out of any kind of political movement. So, it is imperative that all politicians should leave them alone and let them finish their schooling. Otherwise, it would be hypocritical of them to maltreat children, who are innocent in every sense of the word.

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