BEN SCHOKMAN works with the Human Rights Law Centre and DLA Piper
Landmark Optional Protocol to remedy violations of children’s rights
In a landmark development, the UN Human Rights Council has, by consensus, adopted an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to provide better access to remedies for violations of children’s rights.
The Optional Protocol establishes a communications procedure which empowers the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to receive complaints from individuals or groups of individuals alleging a violation of rights under the Convention and its other optional protocols relating to the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography and the involvement of children in armed conflict.
The new Optional Protocol will now be transmitted to the UN General Assembly for adoption in December 2011, following which it will be opened for states to sign and ratify.
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