UN Human Rights Council – 41st session: DCI statements

Why do we need to be there?

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.  Held three times per year in Geneva, the HRC is a unique opportunity for us to alert States about child rights violations.

As part of our advocacy efforts, and due to the Consultative Status DCI is granted with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), we deliver during each session a number of statements meant to target the most pressing concerns before UN Member States.

DCI only intervenes regarding the situation of the rights of the child in countries where a DCI National Section is present, or for other thematic issues/mandates relevant to the rights of the child such as deprivation of liberty, gender violence or migration.

Human Rights Council
@UN-Jean-Marc Ferré

Our Statements

The 41st session of the HRC took place from 24 June to 12 July 2019.
Defence for Children International delivered 4 statements:


  • During the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, on behalf of the NGO Panel for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty highlighting that as stated in Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, detention of children should only be used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time. Statement in EN
  • During Item 7 (Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories) on behalf of DCI-Palestine to stress that Israeli armed forces must be included on child rights blacklist for killing and maiming Palestinian children in 2018. Statement in EN
  • During the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Item 10 -Technical assistance and capacity-building) on behalf of DCI-DRC stressing the dire situation of children in various regions, including Kasaï, who are enrolled as child soldiers and suffer from sexual violence. Statement in FR
  • During the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (Item 10) on behalf of DCI-CAR highlighting that 60% of Central African children do not have a birth certificate. Statement in FR


A joint statement was delivered by our partner Plan International, on behalf of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) urging Member States to implement laws and policies for decent work, to ensure access to justice for survivors of violence, as well as measures to combat violence and harassment in the world of work.

And we also co-sponsored a statement together with 48 other NGOs delivered by the International Catholic Migration Centre on human rights violations of migrants and the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration.

We also organised a side-event on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, and a reception for the launch of the Call to Action for Justice for Children.