Children Human Rights Defenders take landmark action on climate crisis through OPIC

Child Rights Connect welcomes the lodging this week of a child-led complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concerning the global climate crisis. On 23 September 2019, 16 children human rights defenders filed a landmark complaint concerning the climate crisis with the UN Committee on the [...]

2020-06-24T12:01:20+02:0026 September , 2019|

CHRDs, UN and civil society experts agree on a roadmap to move forward the 2018 DGD outcome recommendations!

Following the release of the 2018 Day of General Discussion (DGD) outcome report on Protecting and Empowering Children as Human Rights Defenders, a group of experts meet in June to discuss how to follow up on and join efforts to implement the recommendations included in the report. The highly committed participants exchanged [...]

2020-05-12T11:23:16+02:009 September , 2019|

Civil society space, children and young people on the Human Rights Council’s agenda

Last week Child Rights Connect was invited to participate in a breakfast seminar with States and civil society organized by the Permanente Mission of Ireland. The seminar was an opportunity to examine recent experiences attempting to improve child and youth engagement at the UN Human Rights Council from the perspective [...]

2019-12-13T16:38:06+01:0013 July , 2019|

Input to the OHCHR report on child rights and SDGs

The UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) is reporting annually to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to provide inputs from a child rights perspective to the yearly thematic reviews of progress at the forum. The 2019 High-Level Political Forum’s theme, “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, [...]

2019-12-13T16:37:41+01:0013 June , 2019|

The 2018 DGD outcome report is adopted!

We are delighted to announce that the CRC Committee has adopted the 2018 DGD outcome report on Protecting and Empowering Children as Human Rights Defenders!  It includes the detailed findings of the plenary and workshop discussions, and highlights the main recommendations endorsed by the Committee with the goal of providing guidance to States [...]

2019-12-13T16:44:40+01:0013 June , 2019|

Joint Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

In his next thematic report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders will address the topic of impunity for human rights violations and abuses committed against human rights defenders. In an effort to keep mainstreaming child rights in the work of the Special [...]

2019-12-13T16:37:27+01:0013 May , 2019|

DGD child speaker Gabriel talks to Michel Forst at the ICSW

Last week, 17-year-old Gabriel from Brazil participated in the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) in Belgrade, Serbia, between 6 – 11 April. Invited by the Bridge 47 and CIVICUS and supported by our member the Marist Solidarity Network, Child Rights Connect helped to secure connections between these organisations which led [...]

2019-12-13T16:37:08+01:0015 April , 2019|

Children Human Rights Defenders in Scotland have developed a report on CHRDs and a child-friendly Declaration on HRDs!

Exciting follow-up to the DGD! Find out more here: The eight recommendations of the report are explained here: Also, they have produced a child-friendly version of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders! Find it here:

2019-12-13T16:36:45+01:0013 April , 2019|

Children Human Rights Defenders in focus at the UN Human Rights Council

Children have so far been almost invisible in the Human Rights Council’s narrative about human rights defenders. The resolutions adopted by the Council and the reports presented by the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders to the Member States have been historically centred on adult defenders. The 40th session of the [...]

2019-12-13T16:36:52+01:0013 March , 2019|

The CRC Committee mentions Children Human Rights Defenders in the COBs for Guinea & Bahrain

As a follow-up to the pre-session and the DGD, Child Rights Connect coordinated with the child rights coalition in Guinea in order to include references to the CRC and the protection of children human rights defenders in Guinea’s draft law on human rights defenders. This was reflected in a paragraph [...]

2019-12-13T16:34:24+01:0015 January , 2019|
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