|標題||Taiwan publishes initial national report under UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)|
Taiwan published the initial national report under CRC on Nov. 17 and started a two-day symposium for CRC’s implementation.
Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Lu Pau-ching, who also serves as a member and executive secretary of the Welfare and Rights of Children and Youth Promoting Group under the Executive Yuan, spoke on the release of the report at the press conference at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei.
Child rights experts invited to speak and share their experiences in the symposium include Professor Jaap E. Doek from the Netherlands, who served as chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2001-2007; Sanphasit Koompraphant, founder of the Centre for the Protection of Children's Rights in Thailand; Professor Trond Waage, a former Ombudsman for Children of Norway; and Meas Samnang, secretary general of the NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child in Cambodia.
The release of the initial national report on the status of the child rights in the country two years after its adoption of the convention is stipulated in the Implementation Act of the Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced in November 2014. The ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), as the secretariat of Executive Yuan’s Child Welfare and Right Promoting Group, began compiling the report in July 2015.
With the cooperation of various government agencies, the report was completed after 33 reviewing meetings with experts, academics and civic groups.
The MOHW lists and explains measures Taiwan has taken to recognize children's rights and progresses made in the enjoyment of such rights in the initial report, which contains eight chapters that cover general principles of the convention; civil rights and freedoms; family environment and alternative care; basic health and welfare; education, leisure and cultural activities; and special protection measures. The ministry expects the report to demonstrate the Taiwanese government's efforts to protect and promote child rights.
The two-day symposium, meanwhile, was held to raise awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. International experts, civic groups and academics and government officials in the fields of social service, immigration, legal affairs, crime prevention and public education are expected to exchange their views and look at possible challenges in child rights protection in Taiwan through speeches and discussions at the conference.
A panel of five international child rights experts will be formed to examine Taiwan's initial national report under CRC and release their concluding observations in 2017, which the government will take into consideration to further enhance protection of child rights in the country, according to the ministry.
Chen Su-chun, Deputy Director of Social and Family Affairs
Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare