COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly approved a third Optional Protocol on a communications procedure, which will allow individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the Convention and its first two optional protocols. The Protocol entered into force in April 2014.

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Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Status of ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

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See the map on ratifications (PDF) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, or its three Optional Protocols: on the involvement of children in armed conflict; on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and on a communications procedure

Upcoming Events

CRC 86th on-line limited session, 18 January – 5 February 2021 - Please note that, due to prevailing circumstances, the reviews of States parties have been postponed. Further information will be provided when available.

CRC elections 24 November 2020  

Day of General Discussion: "Children’s Rights and Alternative Care" 18 September 2020, Postponed

Recent Events and Developments

CRC child safeguarding procedure

Submissions received on draft general comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

Video-statement by the CRC Chair for the 2020 World Children’s Day

Information for children: Committee on the Rights of the Child

OPSC Guidelines

30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Children Deprived of Liberty – The United Nations Global Study

OPSC OPAC 20th Anniversary Statement

CRC COVID-19 Statement

Revised “Joint general recommendation No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/general comment No. 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (2019) on harmful practices”

Framework of Cooperation between the Office of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Joint Statement by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

General comment No. 24 on children’s rights in the child justice system

Five UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies Demand Global Climate Action

CRC input to the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Guidelines on interim measures

Informe de la investigación del Comité de los Derechos del Niño relacionada en Chile, relativo a un procedimiento de comunicaciones

Day of General Discussion: "Protecting and Empowering Children as Human Rights Defenders" , 28 September 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

CMW and CRC adopt joint general comments on the human rights of children in the context of international migration

General comment No. 21 (2017) on children in street situations

General comment No. 20 (2016) on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence

Latest News
Information for children

Information for children

CRC 30 years

Celebrating 30 years of the convention on the Rights of the Child

Country-specific information