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NEW YORK, 22 November 2004 – Members of parliament from 13 Arab countries have convened in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how they can help strengthen the realization of children’s rights. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and is being hosted by the Arab Parliamentary Union.
The event will also mark the release of an Arabic version of the Handbook on Child Protection for Parliamentarians.
The Handbook outlines what legislators can do to strengthen legislation to protect children from abuses such as sexual exploitation and child labour. It is being distributed in over 140 countries and will be used as a catalyst for action at the parliamentary level.
The last 15 years have seen significant progress everywhere, including in the Arab world and elsewhere around the globe, towards ensuring that children are protected against diverse forms of abuse and exploitation. New legislation has been adopted to align Arab countries’ laws with the precepts of the CRC. More public debate is taking place and several initiatives have been developed to provide practical solutions to the problems of abuse, exploitation and violence.