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Prof. Shee Huey-Ling Shares Insight on Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Prof. Shee Huey-Ling Shares Insight on Convention on the Rights of the Child

On November6, 2015, Professor Shee Huey-Ling of the Department of Law at National Chung Cheng University was invited to give a lecture on “What is best for a child? –Convention on the Rights of the Child,” during which she gave overview of the Convention and its relation to existing laws and regulation and used actual cases to illustrate her point. 

After the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on June 4th, 2014, Professor Shee was appointed director in the drafting of the state report and the creation of a digital system. As a key contributor to the social movement on promoting children’s rights, Prof Shee has dedicated many years of her life and her expertise to resolving children’s issues. She has worked with civil groups and taken part in drafting the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act. She recognizes that a happy, affectionate and forgiving environment is what is needed for children to develop integrity and grow up to be a whole person.

In the lecture, Professor Shee talks about how the Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified (hence the Implementation Act of the Convention on the Rights of the Child) and stresses the four core principles in safeguarding children’s rights, namely non-discrimination; devotion to the best interest of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. She compares the latest edition of Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act and the Implementation Act. As for “the best interests of the child” as specified in Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Professor Shee draws our attention to different interpretations between the civil law and the common law, taking on a diversified approach to protecting children’s rights on all fronts. In fact, the Children’s Welfare Act had incorporated the spirit and substance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in as early as in 1993. However, continued reports of child abuse or bullying call for greater public awareness and involvement in protecting children’s rights. Prof. Shee encourages the Control Yuan to step up its effort in government supervision to ensure that all competent authorities implement the Convention and all children are given the right environment to grow and thrive.

Control Yuan Member Lin Ya-feng also attends the lecture and expresses her appreciation towards Prof. Shee’s engaging talk. Member Lin congratulates Prof. Sheen on her effort in protecting children’s rights and promises to continue monitoring the government in complying with the Convention on the Rights of the Child in terms of welfare, social support and education.