A PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN
Governments that ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols must report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of experts charged with monitoring a country’s implementation of these human rights treaties.
These government reports must outline the situation of children in the country and explain the measures taken to realise and protect their rights.
Malaysia submitted her first report to the Committee in 2006, and in return the Committee recognised the Government’s serious attempts to comply with the CRC — especially through the enactment of the Child Act in 2001.
The Committee submitted its CRC Concluding Observations to Malaysia in 2007, which included the following recommendations:
§ Review and abolish Malaysia’s reservations to the CRC
§ Ratify the two Optional Protocols and other international laws
§ Review Malaysia’s dual legal system (Civil and Syariah) as some domestic laws are obstacles to the realisation of the CRC in Malaysia
§ Review and reform domestic laws such as the Essential (Security Cases) Regulations 1975
§ Abolish capital punishment for children
§ Review the Children and Young Persons (Employment) Act 1966 to ensure that acceptable conditions of work are clearly and strictly defined to comply with international labour standards.
Malaysia’s second CRC Country Report to the Committee is due in 2012.