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

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument, with 196 States parties.

During its 76th session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, decided to devote its 2018 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to the issue of protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders. It will take place on Friday, 28 September 2018, during the 79th session of the Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The purpose of Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions, the business sector, as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part. The Committee also encourages the submission of written contributions, to be sent by 1 July 2018, please see below the guidelines for submissions for more information

Overall objective of the 2018 DGD

The 2018 DGD is the first ever global discussion focusing on children as human rights defenders. Its main goal is to bring together a global movement for children human rights defenders including children, States, National Human Rights Institutions, Children’s Ombudspersons, the UN, civil society and the private sector to promote understanding about the role of children as human rights defenders,  identify what needs to be done for child rights-related laws, policies and practices to take adequate account of children as human rights defenders; and for human rights defenders-related laws, policies and practices to be child-sensitive.

Specific objectives of the 2018 DGD

  1. Collect children’s views about their experiences as human rights defenders;
  2. Assess legislation, jurisprudence, policies and relevant measures aimed at protecting or empowering children human rights defenders, by providing examples of good practices and challenges, including from children’s perspectives;
  3. Clarify the States’ obligations applicable to children human rights defenders under the CRC and existing standards on human rights defenders;
  4. Identify key elements for an effective implementation of a child rights approach to the situation of children who are, or want to become, human rights defenders, including specific recommendations for duty bearers that can inform the Committee’s recommendations to States.


Registration (Deadline 9 September 2018)

For more information on child participation, please consult Child Rights Connect’s website.

Day of General Discussion Webcast and Videos:

WG3 Non State Actors part1

WG3 Non State Actors part2 and Concluding Plenary  

Country-specific information