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Malaysia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995 contained a number of conditions in the form of ‘reservations’ to the provisions of the CRC.

Reservations to CRC Articles 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15, 28(1)(a) and 37 were put in place since these Articles were said to "not conform with the Constitution, national laws and national policies of the Government of Malaysia, including the Syariah law."

While the Government has lifted some of these reservations, others remain namely to CRC:

§ Article 2 on non-discrimination

§ Article 7 on name and nationality

§ Article 14 on freedom of thought, conscience and religion

§ Article 28(1)(a) on free and compulsory education at primary level

§ Article 37 on torture and deprivation of liberty


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Note: A ‘reservation’ allows a State to disagree with a provision in a treaty. The State can still approve the treaty as a whole, with reservations serving as exceptions.

 

 

 

 

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UNICEF Malaysia: Promoting child rights through the law in Malaysia, 2008.
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