10 April 2001
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS STARTS ITS DEBATE
ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and
Armed Conflict, Special Rapporteur on Sale
of Children, Address the Commission
The Commission on Human Rights this evening started its debate on the rights of the child, hearing from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
KHALID BIN JASSIM AL-THANI (Qatar) said that considerable progress had been made worldwide in protecting children against a number of diseases. Unfortunately violence and war continued to harm children. In World War One, civilians accounted for 5 per cent of the victims. This percentage rose to 50 per cent in World War Two. Today, civilians, including women and children, sometimes accounted for 80 per cent of victims. The State of Qatar had always taken measures to protect the rights of the child. Importance was granted to setting up a data base on children to unify indicators to help deal with insufficiencies that prevented progress in the area of child care at all levels. Legislation was also promulgated to protect children. Among others, initiatives covered children in vulnerable sectors of societies. The State had been able to provide children with the necessary conditions for their development. Qatar was concerned about the continued suffering of Palestinian children under Israeli oppression. The Israeli blockade in place since last September had deprived Palestinian children of their right to work, education and health. Qatar was also concerned about the situation of children in Iraq who were suffering as a result of the embargo.
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