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Children’s rights: UN committee to review Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Cyprus, Guinea and Vanuatu

GENEVA (8 September 2017) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is meeting in Geneva from 11 to 29 September to review children’s rights in the following countries: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Ecuador, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Cyprus, Guinea and Vanuatu.

In addition, members will examine Guinea, Tajikistan and Vanuatu under the two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.  Also Cyprus will be reviewed under the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, monitors how States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are complying with their obligations. The Committee also reviews how States are implementing two optional protocols to the Convention – one on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and one on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

States that are party to the Convention and/or the Optional Protocols must submit regular written reports to the Committee. During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members hold question and answer sessions with the respective government delegations. The Committee bases its evaluation on the State party’s report and written replies, the delegation’s replies and also on information from other UN bodies and NGOs.

The sessions will be held on the following dates at Palais Wilson in Geneva:

Ecuador (CRC 11-12 September), Tajikistan (CRC, OPSC, OPAC 13-14 September), Cyprus (OPAC 26 September), Denmark (CRC 15 September), Moldova (CRC 18-19 September), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (CRC 20 September), Vanuatu (CRC, OPSC, OPAC  21-22 September/by videoconference), Guinea (OPAC, OPSC 25 September).

The sessions will be webcast here: http://webtv.un.org/live/. The morning sessions run from 10:00-13:00 and the afternoon sessions from 15:00-18:00.

More information is available here.

The CRC will publish its findings, known as concluding observations, here on 4 October 2017.

A news conference to discuss the findings is scheduled for 13.30 on 4 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

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Background

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.

Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified to date by 196 States):
Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (ratified to date by 173 States).
Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict (ratified to date by 166 States).
Optional Protocol on a communications procedure(ratified by 34 States)