On October 22-28, 2006 the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography pays a visit to Ukraine to discuss with the respective ministers and other senior officials the state of affairs with sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography in Ukraine and the ways to handle these problems.

What: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT pays a visit to Ukraine to discuss problems on child sale, prostitution and pornography and ways of their handling with the senior officials, lawyers, civil society representatives in Ukraine. The press-conference on the results of this visit will be held at 10.00 in the UN house on October 27.

Who: Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT, UN Special Raporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; Mr. Alan SKURBATY, Human Rights Advisor, UN office in Ukraine.

When/Where: On Ocotber 27, 2006 at 12:00 at the United Nations House (Klovskyy Uzviz 1).

The Media are invited to register and confirm attendance by 15.00, October 26, 2006 – please call Ms. Veronika VASHCHENKO 254-00-35, 253-93-63, 8 067 927 60 38.

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On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On April 3, 2003 the Parliament of Ukraine ratified the Optional Protocol 25 May of 2000 to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child signed by Ukraine on 7 September 2000.

By 1990, international awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation and the sale of children had grown to such a level that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights created the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography that was assumed by the Human Rights Council. The mandate-holder is required to investigate the exploitation of children around the world and to submit reports on the findings to the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights, making recommendations for the protection of the rights of the children concerned. These recommendations are targeted primarily at Governments, other United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations.

The visit of Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT to Ukraine will take place on 22-28 October 2006. It is planned that Mr. PETIT will meet with the board of Ministry of Family, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Health Care, Ministry of Justice, General Prosecutor Office, the respective Committees of the Verlhovna Rada as well as representatives of judiciary, parlamentarians, UN officials, non-governmental organizations dealing with the protection of children.

The visit will serve to take stock of the measures the Government of Ukraine takes to raise public awarenenss on these issues; to ensure that the right of the victims of sexual exploitation and sale, to receive rehabilitation and help is fully respected. The Special Rapporteur will also discuss the ways the UN could render help and support to the government and non-governmental organizartions to combat the issues of child sale, pornography and prostitution.

Mr. PETIT, journalist and social scientist from Uruguay, was appointed Special Rapporteur in July 2001 by the Commission on Human Rights, the Council's predecessor. Since then, he has carried out field visits to South Africa, France, Brazil, Paraguay, Romania, Albania and Greece.

The Special Rapporteur will present a report on this mission to the fourth session of the Human Rights Council in March 2007.