The Child Rights Protection Bill has been passed in today's Parliament sitting, making vaccinations mandatory.
The Bill was submitted to the Parliament on behalf of the state by Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam, and was passed with the votes of 66 members out of the 68 present members.
The Bill on child rights protection has been designed to remedy inconsistencies between the existing Child Rights Protection Act – enacted in 1991 – and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Bill established new rights, with the inclusion of the right to equality, the right to education, the right to life, the right to physical and intellectual development, the right to care, the right to protection, the right to protection against sexual abuse and exploitation, and the right to protection against physical abuse and negligence.
The Bill would also make it mandatory for parents to vaccinate children and outlaw the option of rejecting vaccinations by the parents.