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Child Rights Toolkit out in Lebanon"Everywhere around us, everyday Children are denied their rights," Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF representative in Lebanon, said at the launch of the joint EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit Wednesday. Lebanon has been on a steady positive trajectory in terms of children's rights, according to EU Deputy Head of Delegation Julia Koch.Koch added that passing Law 422 in 2002, which established protections for at risk children or those that committed a crime, confirmed the state's commitment to child protection.Some of the at least 1.7 million children in Lebanon experience forced labor, neglect, sexual exploitation, lack of access to education, criminal activity, child marriage or statelessness.Koch said the EU has committed 30 million euros ($32 million) to child protection programs in Lebanon and around six times that amount toward children's education.This is a key element of Lebanon's child rights' agenda, couched in a broader aim to strengthen the child protection system. Koch said there was certainly work to be done, but the launch of the Child Rights Toolkit in Lebanon and the training of those in positions to apply the tools now available was a positive step.
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