UN Human Rights Council – 42nd 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 42nd session of the HRC took place from 9 to 27 September 2019.
Defence for Children International has delivered 3 statements and co-sponsored another 3:


  • During Item 3 in the Interactive Dialogue with Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, on behalf of the NGO Panel for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, calling on Member States to support the Global Study and its recommendations, including specific mechanisms to continue data collection and to implement good practices on alternatives to detention. See statement in EN
  • During Item 7 on the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories OPT ,on behalf of DCI-Palestine, exposing Israeli crimes and violations, as their forces continue to kill and maim Palestinian children in 2019. See statement in EN
  • During Item 2 in the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Yemen, exposing at the HRC child detention, torture and sexual and gender-based violence in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, while the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (GEE) presented its report documenting war crimes and increasing violations of International Humanitarian Law and of Human Rights. See statement in EN


An oral statement was delivered by Plan International, in collaboration with Defence for Children International and Terre des Hommes International Federation, on behalf of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) and for Girls’ Rights, on Annual Discussion: Integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of the Human Rights Council and that of its mechanisms.

Defence for Children International also co-sponsored a statement, together with 20 other NGOs, delivered by Amnesty International during Item 5 in the General Debate on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms, expressing support for the Coordination Committee’s process to strengthen the work of the Special Procedures.

We equally co-signed another statement, along with 12 Civil Society Organisations, to call for the renewal and strengthening of the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen. This joint oral statement was delivered by Save the Children in response to the urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and its impact on the most vulnerable populations.