Childrens rights

22. 1. States Parties shall take appropriate

measures to ensure that a child who is seeking refugee status or who is

considered a refugee in accordance with applicable international or domestic law

and procedures shall, whether unaccompanied or accompanied by his or her parents

or by any other person, receive appropriate protection and humanitarian

assistance in the enjoyment of applicable rights set forth in the present

Convention and in other international human rights or humanitarian instruments

to which the said States are Parties.

2. For this purpose, States Parties shall provide, as they consider

appropriate, co-operation in any efforts by the United Nations and other

competent inter-governmental organizations or non-governmental organizations

co-operating with the United Nations to protect and assist such a child and to

trace the parents or other members of the family of any refugee child in order

to obtain information necessary for reunification with his or her family. In

cases where no parents or other members of the family can be found, the child

shall be accorded the same protection as any other child permanently or

temporarily deprived of his or her family environment for any reason, as set

forth in the present Convention.