Child Protection

Child Protection Systems

Justice for Children

Child Protection in Emergencies

Engaging with Adolescents


Strengthening Legislation

Myanmar’s current Child Law (1993) defines a child as a person under the age of 16 – a definition that contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The current law sets the minimum age of criminal responsibility at seven years – too low in light of international law and best practice standards. These issues, along with many others, are subject to the ongoing Child Law revision process.

UNICEF has provided key technical and financial support to amend the Child Law to strengthen Myanmar’s obligations with respect to international law concerning children. The Child Law reform tackles areas  such as children in need of care and protection, custody and guardianship issues concerning children, treatment of children in the justice system, children in armed conflict, child labour, among others. 

UNICEF is contributing to ongoing legislative review and drafting processes around the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law. Another area of focus is to define norms and guidelines for the counter-trafficking framework based on the understanding of the gaps in prosecution, protection and prevention interventions.

UNICEF is carefully monitoring legal frameworks that directly or indirectly affects the child rights situation in Myanmar and provides technical inputs and expertise into legal revision processes.



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