Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and its two optional protocols.
The NGO Group on the CRC has produced guidelines on NGO reporting to the CRC Committee.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reviews country reports, and IDA regularly provides country specific submissions with a specific focus on the rights of children with disabilities. Additionally, IDA provides input into the elaboration of General Comments by the CRC Committee.
- The CRC Committee has launched a call for written submissions on the subject of children’s rights in the context of international migration in the lead up to its Day of General Discussion devoted to this topic to be held during the Committee’s 61st session on 28 September 2012. Written submissions can be sent to the Committee in English, Spanish and French at email@example.com. The deadline for written submissions is 10 September 2012. For further information and guidance, please visit the CRC Committee’s website.
- On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted the new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints mechanism for children. The Optional Protocol allows individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights under the Convention and its first two optional protocols. Upon receiving a complaint, the Committee on the Rights of the Child will examine it to determine whether the Convention has been violated. The Committee will guarantee that child-sensitive procedures and safeguards are put in place to prevent the manipulation of the child by those acting on their behalf under the Protocol. The Protocol opens for signature in 2012 and will enter into force upon ratification by 10 States.
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The Committee on the Rights of the Child met for its 62nd session from 14 January – 1 February 2013.
- IDA’s disability-relevant analysis of the adopted Concluding Observations
- IDA’s proposed recommendations for the Concluding Observations
- IDA’s disability analysis of state reports
Pre-sessional Working Group
The Committee on the Rights of the Child also adopted lists of issues on China, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Monaco, Sao Tome and Principe and Tuvalu. The State reports are posted on the Committee’s website.
- IDA submission on China (based on consultations with mainland China organisations of persons with disabilities, NGOs and research carried out by independent experts who wish to keep their identities anonymous)
- Submission on Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Coalition for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Committee also adopted General Comments on the best interest of the child (Article 3), the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (Article 24); the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities (Article 31); child rights and the business sector, as well as the Rules of Procedure for the Third Optional Protocol (complaints mechanism). These documents will be available shortly on the Committee’s website.
Day of General Discussion
The Committee announced that the theme of its next Day of General Discussion to be held during its 64th session (16 September – 4 October 2013) will focus on media, social networks and the rights of the child.