Wednesday, 17 September 2014: For Immediate Release
The Children’s Rights Alliance warmly welcomes the Government’s decision to ratify a new complaints mechanism allowing children and their representatives to complain directly to the UN. This mechanism, also known as the communications procedure, is established under the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance said today:
“This new procedure will enable children and their representatives to complain to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child when their rights have been breached.
We commend the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, for being extremely proactive in ensuring that children’s rights are protected at the highest level. Now children will have somewhere to turn when our national bodies and courts cannot help them.
The Children’s Rights Alliance has campaigned for Ireland to sign and ratify this important procedure since 2012 and we are delighted that the Government has taken this decisive action.”
Ireland is one of the first countries in the world to sign and ratify the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. States that have already ratified this Protocol include: Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand.
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
- The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most widely accepted human rights treaty. It is an agreement between States, which establishes legal standards providing benchmarks that help States make better decisions and achieve successful outcomes for children. Ireland ratified to the Convention in 1992. This means that Ireland has a duty to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights. Because of our legal system, its provisions must be written into legislation to have legal effect before our courts.
- The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention by States and is made up of a group of independent experts elected by Members of the UN.
- The Third Optional Protocol establishes a quasi-judicial mechanism that allows children and their representatives to submit a complaint to the UN Committee regarding specific violations of their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.