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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
4th Annual Meeting January 15-19, 1996
Cha-am, Phetchaburi Province Thailand

Resolution on Protection of Children and Children's Rights

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum:

Recognizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that children are entitled to special care and assistance;

Noting that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, with 181 ratifications, is the most widely international human rights instrument;

Recalling also the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and Plan of Action for Implementing the World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children in the 1990s;

Deeply concerned that many children throughout the region continue to suffer due to inadequate protection against social and financial deprivation;

Resolves to:

Recommend to those member countries who have not yet ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child to consider doing so as a matter of priority.

Urge those member countries that have ratified the Convention to fully implement their obligations under the Convention;

Encourage member countries consistent with their legislative framework to cooperate with and assist the operations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as UN agencies and bodies with special responsibilities for the protection of children's rights;

Recommend to its member countries to consider developing and implementing national programs of action to give effect to the World Declaration and Plan of Action on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children.