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

18th Meeting of States parties – Elections 2020

Day of General Discussion 2020: “Children’s rights and alternative care” 18 September 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII Palais des Nations, Geneva

CRC 84th Extraordinary Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Apia, Samoa, 2 to 6 March 2020

Accreditation/Registration 84th Extraordinary Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Apia, Samoa, 2 to 6 March 2020  (Please make sure that you are using one of the following browsers to register: Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Edge or Opera)

CRC 83rd Session, Palais Wilson, Ground Floor Conference Room, 20 January to 7 February 2020

OPSC Guidelines

Accreditation/Registration 83rd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, OHCHR, Palais Wilson, 52 Rue des Paquis, 1202 Geneva, Ground Floor Conference Room, 20 January to 7 February 2020
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30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

Call for comments: Draft Guidelines on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Call for comments: Draft Revision of General Comment No. 10 (2007) on Children’s Rights in Juvenile Justice

Children Deprived of Liberty – The United Nations Global Study


Recent Events and Developments

Postponement of the 85th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

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

Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 16 September 2019, 3 to 6 pm, Room XVI, Palais des Nations

Follow-up progress report on individual communications

CRC 82nd Session, Palais Wilson, Ground Floor Conference Room, 9 to 27 September 2019

NEW: 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

The CRC adopts three decisions on individual complaints: 1-2-3

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

17th Meeting of States parties to the Convention - Elections 2018

CRC adopts decisions on two individual cases (1-2)

Launching event of CMW-CRC Joint General Comments on the Human Rights of Children in the Context of International Migration, 18 December 2017, New York

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

Outcome Report of the DGD and Recommendations
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Twitter:Statement: UN #ChildRights experts on deaths of 21 girls last night in protest against alleged abuse at crowded #Guatemala child shelter

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

Report of the Secretary-General on the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (A/71/413)

Joint open letter of the Rapporteur and other experts with occasion of UNGA Special session on world drug problem, April 2016

Latest News
CRC 30 years

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

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