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of a number of television spots recently produced by the Government aims to sensitize employers of child domestics on the latter’s right to take time off from work to play. This point is also emphasized in social mobilization activities under non-formal education programmes for working children.

354.In order to increase family’s knowledge about early childhood development, through the Early Childhood Development project, awareness building and capacity building of different stakeholders were carried out at a large scale. These increased awareness on the importance of play and assist them to create a stimulating environment to promote their young children’s allround development.

355.In towns and cities, the Bangladesh Shishu (Children’s) Academy organizes cultural programmes including painting, drama, poetry recitation, dance, singing and playing musical instruments. Children also have access to national cultural institutions such as the National Museum and Academy of Fine Arts. Children of higher socioeconomic groups can avail these facilities relatively more.


A.  Measures taken on the concluding observations

356.Bangladesh has not yet ratified the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951. Also there is no legislation for the refugees in the country. Since 1991 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are staying in Bangladesh. In association with UNHCR, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the State party is providing supports to the refugees living in two camps in terms of shelter, healthcare services and education to children etc. The unaccompanied children are also provided with adequate supports and protection. Refugee children born in Bangladesh are duly registered. There are also many immigrants from Myanmar who live in make-shift camps near the river Teknaf.

357.The Government is very much concerned about child labour and is increasingly undertaking different poverty focused programmes for reduction of child labour through facilitating access to education, with collaboration of NGOs and development partners. A comprehensive Time Bound Programme (2004-15) for eradicating child labour has been undertaken with the support of development partners. There are several other projects also addressing the issues of hazardous child labour, street children etc. Micro credit programmes, for example, is increasing at a geometric rate helping eradicate poverty. A comprehensive survey on hazardous child labour has been conducted by BBS with the support of ILO in 2005. Though not very comprehensive, some surveys on street children and domestic labour have been also conducted.

358.Bangladesh has ratified the ILO Convention-182 concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action on Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in 2001. A Child Labour Policy, dealing among others with age of admission into employment (in reference to ILO Convention-138), has been drafted and awaiting approval. The country’s Labour Law has been enacted in 2006. The Mines (Amendment) Act, 2004 has revised the age of children who can be engaged in mines from 15 years to 18 years to conform to the CRC. The State Party is in the

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