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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
5th Annual Meeting January 7-10, 1997
Vancouver, Canada

Resolution submitted by the delegations of Australia, Canada and The Philippines
Human Rights and the Explotation of Children and Women

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Recognizing that human rights violations, including those against women and children, remain tragically widespread in the Asia-Pacific region and throughout the world, with exploitative child labour, child abuse, sexual exploitation, and armed conflict being sorrowful examples

Recognizing as well that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous other UN conventions and resolutions proclaim the equal rights and inherent dignity of all peoples, and also identify the special care due to woman and children

Cognizant that the UN General Assembly decided in 1996 to focus on the problem of trafficking in humans, especially women and children, which often involves coercion, violence, prostitution, drug trafficking, health risks, forced labour, and other crimes;

Recognizing that a fuller and more vigorous implementation of resolutions on women and children, as well as greater international cooperation, would advance the welfare and protect the rights of women and children;

Realizing that human rights should be addressed in a balanced and integrated manner and protected and promoted with due regard for specific cultural and social circumstances;

Recognizing that, despite our cultural differences, we nevertheless share a love for our children and a desire to ensure their well-being and happiness.

Resolves to:

* Senator Roth of the United States did not agree with each aspect of this resolution.

Adopted unanimously on January 10, 1997, in Vancouver.