Today marks the start of the 69th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva until Friday 5 June 2015.
Looking ahead: Ghana, The Netherlands and Mexico under review
The Committee will examine the reports submitted by Ghana, Mexico and The Netherlands, countries in which DCI has a national section. DCI Netherlands will send a delegation to cover the examination of the report submitted by the Dutch government, following to the submission of an alternative report.
The Committee will also consider the report of Israel in regard to the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Moreover, from 8 to 12 June, the state of children’s rights in France will be under consideration as part of the 71st Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Welcoming new committee members
DCI welcomes the four new members of the Committee, Ms Suzanne Aho Assouma (Togo), Ms Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi (Morocco), Mr Clarence Nelson (Samoa) and Mr José Angel Rodríguez Reyes (Venezuela), and its newly-elected Chairperson, Mr Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Ethiopia), and wishes them the best for the tenure of their respective term.
A call for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty
James Heenan, Chief of the Groups in Focus Section of the Human Rights Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in his opening remarks today welcomed Resolution 69/157, recently adopted by the General Assembly, calling for the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. He said that the Global Study “will give visibility to children in detention and (…) will lead to the identification of good practices”.