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Gov't adheres to UN treaty on rights of children: Ma

TAIPEI -- Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it adheres to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provide a better environment for children, President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday.

In a meeting with Jaap E. Doek, a former chairperson of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ma said Taiwan's stance on the protection of children's rights has not been affected by its withdrawal from the U.N. in 1971.

Although it is difficult for Taiwan to officially ratify international conventions, it can incorporate the terms of such treaties into its domestic laws, the president said.

Taiwan can also hold discussions with U.N. members on the contents of such conventions, he said.

However, whether or not the terms of the Rights of the Child treaty are included in Taiwan's domestic laws, the country will continue to protect its children, he said.

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