Report on protecting the rights of the child in humanitarian situations


Published:
21 November 2017
Author:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Presented:
To the HRC at its 37th session, February-March 2018

Background

In 2017, in its resolution 34/16, the Human Rights Council decided to focus its annual meeting on the rights of the children on theme of protecting the rights of the child in humanitarian situations. It requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on this matter in cooperation with all stakeholders.

Summary

The report describes the scale and impact of humanitarian situations on children and addresses the main challenges they face, focusing on the importance of child protection and the implementation of the rights to health and to education during emergency situations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights makes a number of recommendations on ensuring that children are put at the centre of humanitarian response and assistance.

Inputs received


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