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UN Child Rights Committee issues findings on Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu

APIA (10 March 2020) — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session in Samoa from 2 to 6 March: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu.

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, highlight matters of concern and make recommendations. The findings, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here.

Besides reviewing the above-mentioned Pacific countries, the Committee held a preparatory session for a future review of Kiribati.

Committee members also met children, UN agencies, national human rights institutions and civil society representatives at the historic outreach session in Samoa to discuss the human rights issues that are important for children across the Pacific region.

The Committee will next meet in Geneva from 11 May to 29 May to review Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eswatini, and Tunisia.

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For media inquiries, please contact the Vivian Kwok in Geneva at +41 (0) 22 917 9362 / vkwok@ohchr.org or UN Samoa: Aterina Samasoni-Pele at +685 7772088 or aterina.samasoni-pele@one.un.org

 

Background:

 

The Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors States parties' adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols on involvement of children in armed conflict, on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and on a communications procedure. The Convention to date has 196 States parties. The Committee is made up of 18 members who 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.

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