Child curfew in concern

The national child protection committee is worrying that the initiative to impose a curfew on children aged below 18 years old after 22.00 hrs will be a violation against child freedom.

Speaking after meeting with the national child protection committee, Social Development and Human Security Minister Issara Somchai stated that some members of the panel did agree with the measure while others were against.

The minister said the panel was worrying that the proposal might violate children’s rights and there had been no specific law to support the operation. He added that the existing laws such as the 2003 Child Protection Act could be adequate to deal with the issue effectively.

The initiative to impose a curfew on children aged below 18 after 22.00 hrs onwards was proposed by the Metropolitan Police in a bid to reduce crime against children and youth.

Meanwhile, Child activist Wanlop Tangkhananurak stated that laws should be enforced strictly on entertainment places that youth aged below 18 must not be allowed to enter such premises after 22.00 hrs rather than imposing any punishment on youth.


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