20 January 2012
The Committee on the Rights of the Child has considered the combined third and fourth periodic report of Madagascar on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Rakotomaharo Rajemison, Permanent Representative of Madagascar to the United Nations Office at Geneva, reading out the statement of the Minister of Justice who could not attend, said Madagascar had been shaken by two political crises in 2002 and in 2009 but remained committed to the promotion and protection of children’s rights. The Convention had superiority over domestic law. The Government intended to implement the two Optional Protocols of the Convention, both of which Madagascar had ratified. The new Law on the Rights and Protection of Children was based on the Convention; trafficking of persons and sex tourism had become criminal offences, the minimum age of marriage had been raised to 18 and substantial progress had been made in reducing infant and child mortality rates and malaria infections. However key challenges for the Government remained, including reduction of neo-natal mortality, prevention of trafficking of persons, education provisions for rural children, justice for minors and prevention of child marriages.