GENEVA (8 February 2017) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its 16 January – 3 February session in Geneva: Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Estonia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Serbia, Georgia and Malawi.
The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to children’s rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action. The findings, officially known as concluding observations, are published here.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is composed of 18 international independent experts, who monitor implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified to date by 196 States. They also monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), ratified by 173 States and 166 States respectively.
The Committee will next meet from 15 May to 2 June in Geneva to review: Antigua and Barbuda, Bhutan, Cameroon, Lebanon, Mongolia, Qatar and Romania. In addition, members will examine USA‘s implementation of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. More details here.
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Members of the CRC are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. To learn more about the Committee on the Rights of the Child go here.
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