Today, representatives of DCI-Belgium and DCI-Sierra Leone were present at the 24th pre-session of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Benoit van Keirsbilck, Director of DCI-Belgium and President of the DCI movement, took the floor to raise concerns and make recommendations over the situation of children’s rights in Belgium. He focused mainly on five areas:
- Juvenile Justice
- Unaccompanied minors
- Commercial and sexual exploitation of children
- Child begging
His statement was made in light of the stakeholders’ report submitted by DCI-Belgium in June 2015 and the list of recommendations (download: French | English) that were disseminated on the occasion of today’s UPR pre-session.
Abdul Manaff Kemokai, Director of DCI-Sierra Leone and member of DCI International Executive Committee, was also present today, and shared his concerns and recommendations through the voice of the Child Rights Coalition of Sierra Leone.
The recommendations focus mainly on the following issues:
- Inadequate support ot Ebola-affected children
- Girls’ access to education, especially pregnant teenagers
- Sexual abuse and violence
- Child trafficking & child labor
- Harmful traditonal practices: Female Genital Mutilation & child marriage
The 24th session of the UPR will take place on 18-29 January 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. To know more, click here.