Putting Children’s Rights on Equal Footing with Human Rights
Child Rights Connect was instrumental in the creation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPIC) and in the ratification campaign that led to its entry into force in April 2014. Through this new treaty, the international community has put children’s rights on an equal footing with other human rights and allowed for more accountability of States. The recognition that children have the right to appeal to an international mechanism specific to them, if violations cannot be addressed effectively at national level, is also the ultimate example of putting children’s right to be heard and participate into practice.
For this treaty to have an impact on the realization of children’s rights at national level, it is essential that children’s rights defenders, including children, understand its relevance and functioning. One of the strategic priorities of Child Rights Connect is to ensure that OPIC is used by children’s rights defenders, including children, to seek redress for children’s rights violations and to influence the development of the legal and policy frameworks.
For this purpose, we advocate for more States to ratify OPIC, so that more children can access the mechanism, and we work closely with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to ensure that the Protocol and its rules of procedure are effectively operationalized through high quality working methods, including accessible, transparent and child-sensitive processes.
OPIC by the Numbers
Countries have ratified OPIC
New tools to fostering the ratification of the OPIC “While the CRC and its first two Optional Protocols have attracted high ratification rates, states appear to be more reticent about signing up to OPIC (…)...
Adopted decisions of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are out! // CRC 83rd session – recap
On 07 February 2020, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child wrapped up its 83rd session. This week it published all of its adopted decisions under the OPIC – here’s what you need to know. During the 83rd session...
Child Rights Connect is starting to develop a Ratification toolkit publication with concrete information and strategies you can use to advocate for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the...