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Push To Ratify CRC Optional Protocol

In December, the UN General Assembly adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints procedure for violations of children’s rights.

The new treaty will enable children, or their representatives, claiming that their rights have been violated to bring a complaint to an international committee of children’s rights experts if they have not been able to get remedies for these violations in their home countries. A coalition of over 80 international and national NGOs, coordinated by the NGO Group for the CRC, which has been actively campaigning for the treaty since 2006, welcomed the news.

Cases concerning any violation of children's rights—from children who cannot access primary education to children forced into sexual exploitation, for instance—could be brought before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The United Nations Human Rights Organization’s recent news release, Taking Complaints From Children Into the International Arena, reinforces the major objectives of the Optional Protocol. If ratified, states will be held responsible for proper actions pertaining to rights violations of children recommended by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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UN Human Rights | Taking Complaints from Children into the International Arena