The 46th session of the Human Rights Council is opening today, 22nd February, and will take place for five consecutive weeks until the 23rd of March. In-person attendance will be restricted due to the Covid-19 situation and NGO’s participation will be limited to online vide-messages during this session. However, DCI is going to engage in several ways to leverage the strong child rights focus brought forward by this session’s programme of work.
Continue reading if you are interested in what priority topics will DCI be delivering Statements as well as which sessions and discussions relevant to our work with children in different contexts will we be following and monitoring from the International Secretariat.
Violence against Children & Children Deprived of Liberty
- DCI will deliver a statement on behalf of the NGO Panel to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty to the Interactive Dialogue (ID) with SRSG on violence against children urging further release of children due to Covid-19 and calling for the effective implementation and follow-up of the GSCDL recommendations – 8 March
- A statement calling member states to end the detention of children for their association with non-state armed groups will be delivered to the ID with SRSG Children and Armed Conflict – 8 March
Children affected by Armed Conflict
- DCI will closely follow the ID on the High Commissioner (HR) report on ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) – 24 February
- With DCI-Palestine, we will issue a statement during the ID on the SR report under agenda Item 7 on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, highlighting the systematic violations against Palestinian children committed by Israeli forces, particularly the ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees in military detention – 18 March
- On behalf of DCI-CAR, DCI will deliver a statement on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) during the ID, drawing attention to the continuous violations to children’s rights since 2013 -including sexual exploitation, early marriage, torture and recruitment into armed groups- aggravated by recent armed clashes and political instability –19 March
- DCI will follow-up progress made towards improving the human rights situation in Yemen, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by following the ID on the update by the Group of Eminent International & Regional Experts (GEE) on Yemen – 25 February, 11:00, the presentation of HC/SG reports on OHCHR activities in Colombia-25 February,15:00 and the update of the HC on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – 19 March.
- Following DCI-Liberia’s participation and advocacy efforts before and after the UPR pre-session, urging the government to prohibit FGM and child marriage; DCI will closely monitor the presentation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcomes ofLiberia-15 march.
- DCI will engage with the 2021 Annual Full-day Meeting on the Rights of the Child (ADRC) which will take place on March 1st at 10:00 and 16:00 under the theme of “The rights of the child and the Sustainable Development Goals”.