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UNITED NATIONS


7 April 2004


COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CONTINUES
GENERAL DEBATE ON RIGHTS OF CHILDREN


The Commission on Human Rights carried on this morning with its annual debate on the rights of the child, hearing from a series of national delegations describing Government efforts to enhance the well being of children and from several international agencies which outlined programmes and policies to aid the young.

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Statements on the Rights of the Child

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MOHAMED ABDULLA AL-DUHAIMI (Qatar) ...

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... The plight of Palestinian children was a concern to the Government of Qatar. The international community should continue its efforts to bring about a lasting solution and end the Israeli occupation so that Palestinian children could live happily.

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IDRIS AL-KHANJARI (Oman) ...

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Even in the twenty-first century, children were not spared from maltreatment and ignorance of their rights. Concern was felt over the escalating frequency of violations of child rights around the world, and it was hoped the international community would expand its efforts to improve the situation. All stakeholders should mobilize in order to treat the problems endured by suffering and innocent children, for example children in the occupied Palestinian territory and in Iraq.

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SOUHEILA ABBAS (Syria) said her Government believed in the future of its children, and for that reason it had taken a number of measures with the view to realizing the full enjoyment of children of their rights. The Constitution and other legislation guaranteed the protection of the rights of children. The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child had also added to the efforts of the State in this area. The Government of Syria had taken all the necessary measures to enhance the promotion and protection of children in the country. Additional programmes were also put in place with the aim of strengthening institutions dealing with child protection. Syria was also participating in all Arab conferences dealing with the rights of the child. The misery of children due to occupation and myriad detrimental effects against children were of concern to the Syrian authorities. Palestinian and other Arab children were living under the Israeli occupation, with their future compromised. The children were suffering from oppression and discrimination by the occupying forces. The international community should listen to the cries of the Palestinian children.

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