Macedonia steps up protection of children's rights

11:18, November 21, 2009      

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The Macedonian parliament and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed on Friday an agreement on long-term cooperation to protect the rights of children.

Parliament speaker Trajko Veljanoski and UNICEF representative Sheldon Yett signed the document on the day when the world is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"The parliament is strengthening its role in protecting children's rights by putting more emphasis on supervision and implementation of existing laws, policies and strategies concerning children," said Veljanoski.

Yett said he was honored by the pledge of the Macedonian parliament to promote and protect children's rights, which are enshrined in the Convention adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989.

Macedonia ratified the Convention on Dec. 2, 1993.

Source: Xinhua
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