The human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties.
Each Treaty Body assesses the steps taken by States to ensure that everyone, including children, can enjoy the rights set out in its specific treaty. Even if the UN Committee on the rights of the child is the specialized body for children’s rights, the recommendations made by other Treaty Bodies can be of high relevance for children’s rights defenders.
For the first time, children had the opportunity to have their thoughts and ideas included in the process of drafting a General Comment by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN CESCR)!
Two members of the CESCR Committee Drafting Group, Mr Peters Emuze and Mr Michael Windfuhr, have prepared videos to give an update to all the children that participated in the consultation on where they are in the development of the General Comments. In these short videos, they also reflect on why these consultations were important and what were the main takeaways from the discussion with children.
(We are in the process of updating this page. Check back soon for more information.)
In February 2017, Child Rights Connect co-founded TB-Net to better empower children’s rights defenders to use the treaty bodies as a system and to mainstream children’s rights within it. TB-Net is an informal group of international NGOs and networks working in strategic partnerships with the UN Treaty Bodies.
TB-Net comprises the following members: Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR Centre), Child Rights Connect, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the International Disability Alliance (IDA), The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), International Womens’ Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).
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