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ASEAN takes step forward for child refugees

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 6, 2019   /  11:35 am
ASEAN takes step forward for child refugees Allowing refugee children to go to school will reduce their burdens. For the children themselves, doing so can at least help them forget their past by giving them a taste of the normal childhood of engaging in teaching and learning activities and building friendships with local children. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

Adopted on Nov. 2 at the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, the ASEAN Declaration on the Rights of Children in the Context of Migration highlights the increased commitment of ASEAN member states on migration issues that affect the region, starting with the less controversial subject for the organization: children. It was adopted in conjunction with 30 years of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child The preamble notes with “deep concern the millions of children worldwide who are displaced from their homes, including by conflict, poverty, disaster, climate change and environmental degradation, experience exploitation, deprivation and discrimination on their journeys within and across borders”. The term “migrant” is preferable to “refugee” because first, it covers a larger scope than “refugee” as defined under internati...

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