UN Human Rights Council – 43rd 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.

(c) UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre

Our Statements

The 43rd  session of the HRC takes place from 24 of February to 20 of March.
Defence for Children International delivered 4 statements:


  • During Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children, an statement (EN) was delivered by Defence for Children International, on behalf of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA)
  • During Item 3 on the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment , we delivered a statement on behalf of the NGO Panel for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, comprised of 170 NGOs . See statement in EN
  • During Item 2 in the General Debate on HC oral update , we prepared a statement (EN) , on behalf of Yemen, to expose the impact of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis on children.