GENEVA (6 September 2019) — The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 9 to 27 September to review children’s rights in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mozambique, Portugal, and the Republic of Korea. The Committee will also review Georgia under the Optional Protocol on sale of children. It will further review Georgia and Panama under the Optional Protocol on children in armed conflict.
The above are among the States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Committee’s previous recommendations and the Convention or its Optional Protocols. The Committee will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments.
The public sessions will take place in the ground floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva. A programme of work is available on-line.
On Monday, 16 September at the Palais des Nations, the Child Rights Committee will launch a public exhibition on pledges made by States with respect to children’s rights at 13:30 in the Salon des Pas Perdus. It will then host a public event from 15:00 to 18:00 in Room XVI on “30 years of children’s rights: Where we are and where we want to be” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention. Further information is available on-line. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRC30.aspx
The recommended hashtag for the meeting is #CRC82 and for the CRC 30th anniversary #childrights and #CRC30. The sessions will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/live.
Further information about the session is available on the Web page for the session.
Information about media accreditation is also available on-line.
The Committee is scheduled to publish its findings on the respective States on 3 October 2019, and to hold a press conference on the same day (to be confirmed).
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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