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16 January 2012

Bangkok (Thailand) 16 January 2012 - The United Nations’ special representative on violence against children this week urged countries globally to ratify two protocols protecting the world’s youngest people, as she visited the East Asia and Pacific region where over one in four children have been sexually abused.

Marta Santos Pais called on governments to ratify the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to help stem what UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, calls a "growing abuse and exploitation of children worldwide."