Convention on the Rights of the Child – From Moral Imperatives to Legal Obligations

Although much progress has been made on implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) there is much to be done in terms of aligning legal systems and the laws within them, with the CRC. The report below provides more hope for realising the rights for all children.

From Save the Children -reported in the INEE newsletter

Last year was the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To mark this important milestone, Save the Children brought together 120 high profile attendees at a conference in Geneva with the objective of mobilising civil society into taking action on the use of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a legal instrument.

The report conference report outlines summaries of key discussions with the objective to inspire creative legal strategies to realise children’s rights. Of particular interest to INEE members may be descriptions of a panel on Using Regional and International Human Rights Mechanisms to address violations of Child Rights which included a presentation on Bringing a case to a Regional Court – Case study of the Roma Children in Special Education Classes case in front of the European Court of Human Rights by Lilla Farkas, CFCF, Hungary. In addition, the report includes case studies on:

  • A strategic litigation strategy for the right to education in Ethiopia: This fictional case study was undertaken during the working group on designing a strategic litigation strategy.
  • A strategic litigation strategy on sexual violence against children in Kenyan Schools: Sexual violence in schools is an issue that has received a lot of public attention, particularly in light of schoolgirls who have become pregnant as a result of sexual abuse by teachers.

For access to the full report click here.


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