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Child rights
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first international human rights instrument to address te protection of children from violence. UNICEF works with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and civil society partners to uphold the principles of the CRC for children in Malaysia.

§ Malaysia acceded to the two Optional Protocols on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

§ The Child Rights and Business Principles were launched with top CEOs and CSR Directors, supported by the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

§ The Child Rights Coalition Malaysia launched an inaugural publication, "The Status of Children's Rights in Malaysia". The publication is the first-ever effort by civil society in Malaysia.

§ The Mousedeer Group, a child-led, child-rights organisation was formed. It is the first of its kind in the country.

Birth Registration
UNICEF is working to establish close links with civil society, government and other agencies to map the children who are unregistered at birth as well as to develop a comprehensive birth registration strategy that will ensure all children born in Malaysia are registered at birth.





Malaysia: child rights

Publication: CRC

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

Recommended Reading

General Comments of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2006 ι Read


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