Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye discusses protection of children from involvement in armed conflict

Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye chaired the first meeting in the virtual format of National Committee on Implementation of Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict yesterday.
The Union Minister, in his capacity as the committee chairman, explained the formation of a committee with the Notification 116/2020 of President’s Office on 21-11-2020 for implementing 13 tasks.
Myanmar signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991, and will also implement the three optional protocols.
The MoSWRR is implementing the protocol to prevent the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography after signing it in 2012, and another protocol on 27-9-2019 to implement legal and management measures to prevent children under 18-year-old from military recruitment.
The Union Minister said that his committee would coordinate with the Ministry of State Counsellor Office, the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre and the Joint Monitoring Committee on Ceasefire, while working closely with the Ministry of Information for the media campaign in these measures. The Secretary of the committee and the Director-General of the Department of Rehabilitation explained the works of the committee.
The meeting was also attended by senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Union Attorney-General Office, the Ministry of Information, the Department of General Administration, the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Rehabilitation.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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