SRSG welcomes the accession by Malaysia to the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

16/04/2012

NEW YORK, 16 April 2012 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the accession by the Government of Malaysia to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

“With this important decision Malaysia expresses a decisive commitment to secure children’s protection from violence and prevent the risk of their exploitation as victims of sale, prostitution and pornography.”

The Protocol supplements the Convention on the Rights of the Child and provides detailed guidance to support States in their efforts to prohibit, prevent and bring to an end incidents of sexual exploitation of children, and to protect them from being sold for non-sexual purposes, including forced labour, illegal adoption and organ donation. With its accession, Malaysia joins the 154 States which are Parties to this Protocol.

“Around the world, including in the East Asian region, there is growing support to the UN Campaign for the universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, highlighted the Special Representative.

“A strong momentum has been built and the international community is nearing the goal of universal ratification! I am confident that progress will continue to spread and remaining countries will soon adhere to this important treaty. In our struggle to eliminate the sexual violence of children, there can be no room for complacency! “

More information about the Universal Ratification Campaign 

For further information, please contact Miguel Caldeira, Communications Specialist to the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children. Tel: +1 212 824 6763 / Email: mcaldeira@unicef.org