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
Child Rights Connect is looking for case studies of ratification campaigns for the OPIC led by civil society including children to include in the Ratification toolkit it is starting to develop. Write to us to share...
On 19 August 2019, Benin ratified the UNCRC Third Optional Protocol on a Communications procedure! It is the 45th country to have ratified the OPIC and the third in Africa! The OPIC will enter into force in Benin three...
Towards a better implementation of the UNCRC through its Third Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure
Access to justice is essential for children to be able to exercise and claim their human rights. Without accountability any of the rights provided by the UNCRC would lose meaning. The entry into force of the Third...