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Promoting children’s rights in Malaysia: Where do we go from here?

MEDIA INVITATION

What:  
Media Launch: UNICEF Booklet ‘Promoting Children’s Rights through the Law in Malaysia’

The Launch will take place during a special NGO Dialogue for Universal Children’s Day titled "Working Together for Children’s Rights". The dialogue is organised by the Malaysian Child Resource Institute (MCRI).

When:  
Tuesday, 18 November 2008, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Refreshments will be served.

Who:  
• Mr. Youssouf Oomar, UNICEF Malaysia Representative
• Mr Stephen Holloway, Project Director, Malaysian Child Resource Institute (MCRI)

Where: 
Bankers Club, Level 21, Amoda Building, 22 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Why:
Every child in the world is entitled to the same basic human rights as adults – the right to survive and develop, to receive protection from harm and abuse, and to participate fully in life – as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

However, tens of millions of children worldwide are the victims of exploitation, abuse and violence each year. These children have all had their rights violated, not just by suffering from physical and emotional harm, but by being denied their rights to development, healthcare, education and freedom of expression.

In Malaysia, over 2,000 cases of abused children were reported in 2007. However, the landmark UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, released in 2006, suggested that figures often underestimate the scope of the problem, and much violence worldwide remains unreported.

Guided by the CRC, governments and communities can provide a protective environment where legal, social and educational frameworks exist to reduce children’s vulnerability to violence and exploitation.

The soon-to-be launched UNICEF booklet will provide insights into how all sectors in Malaysia can work together with the Government to achieve the standards of the CRC and transform laws and policies into real changes in children’s lives.

Organiser: 
UNICEF Malaysia, with the support of the Malaysian Child Resource Institute (MCRI)

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For more information:

Shiao Eek, Tee, UNICEF Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9154 • (+6) 012 207 0138 • setee@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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