The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG/VAC), Ms. Marta Santos Pais, has released a publication seeking to educate children on the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure. Known as the OP3 CRC, this procedure, if ratified by two more member states of the CRC, will give children opportunities to submit complaints of violations of their rights directly to the Committee for the CRC; the OP3 is receiving a special spotlight during this year’s Treaty Event in New York, where UN member states are encouraged to become parties in the protocol. The SRSG publication on the OP3, released in September this year, is written in child-friendly language and offers helpful information to a young audience. In regards to the pamphlet, the SRSG says, “This publication’s ultimate goal is to inform children about their rights. It is important that young people learn about the important promises and commitments pledged by Governments, so they can feel safe and protected from violence abuse and exploitation.”
Child Rights Connect Researches Children’s Perspectives of Justice
In an effort to research and ultimately improve the effectiveness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the NGO Child Rights Connect has released a survey, directed towards children, that asks various questions regarding the youth perception of justice in their countries, as well as their perception of the OP3. After collecting the data from the survey, Child Rights Connect will testify before the CRC Committee in order to present the perspectives of children, with hopes of making interactions between children and the CRC Committee smoother and clearer.