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EU to increase support for child rights

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Staff Reporter European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon has said the EU is willing to increase its support in ensuring child rights in Bangladesh and help implement the Children Act 2013. “At this moment, our ongoing projects benefiting Bangladeshi children amount to 180 million Euro in grants. We’re willing to increase our support under our future cooperation,” he said in a presentation of the EU engagement on children's rights. The diplomat said the EU did very much welcome the adoption of the Children Act 2013 and they consider this a major breakthrough in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, said a media release on Sunday. Meanwhile, a high-level discussion on the implementation of the Children Act 2013 was held on Saturday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in city’s Agargaon. The event was organized by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Save the Children with participation of 64 deputy directors and probation officers under the department, representation of Child Affairs Police Officers and honorable Judges of the Children Court from 64 districts. Minister Syed Mohsin Ali, State Minister Promode Mankin and Secretary Nasima Begum, from Ministry of Social Welfare and Sharon Hauser, and acting Country Director of Save the Children in Bangladesh Sharon Hauser, among others, spoke on the occasion. Law Minister Anisul Huq was present at the closing ceremony. Sharon Hauser said Save the Children is happy to be part of organizing this important event, which will contribute to strengthening the coordination among the relevant state officials to ensure the rights of the children in Bangladesh. The discussion took place in the framework of the project, ‘Improving Child Protection and Rehabilitation of Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Bangladesh', which is funded by the European Union and Save the Children. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) aims to support the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. The EIDHR budget was 1.104 million Euros for 2007-2013, which is mainly implemented through call for proposals. As of today the EIDHR is funding more than 1200 projects in over 100 countries.