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Myanmar’s New Children’s Law a Step Forward

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Expand A boy runs as he exits his school in Rangoon, November 6, 2013.  © 2013 Reuters After years of discussion and debate, Myanmar has finally enacted a law to protect the rights of children. Consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar has ratified, the law defines a child as anyone younger than 18 and provides all children born in Myanmar have the right to birth registration. This is important, but other shortcomings need to be addressed. Myanmar should revise the law to provide all children with the right to a nationality and not be stateless…

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