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Children can now lodge complaints with the United Nations

Children can now lodge complaints with the United Nations  

ULAANBAATAR, 23 April 2014 – At this year’s first regular meeting, Mongolia’s Child Rights Group, comprised of UNICEF, World Vision Mongolia, Save the Children and other organisations[1], expressed their appreciation to the Government of Mongolia for signing the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and their confidence that the Government will make efforts to ratify this important legal instrument.

The Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a Communications Procedure entered into force on 14 April 2014, after the required 10 countries ratified it. In countries where the new protocol has been ratified, children and their representatives can submit their complaints about violations of children's rights to the expert Committee on the Rights of the Child, if they have exhausted all legal avenues in the country.

Mongolia, one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in July 1990 and signed the Third Optional Protocol in October 2013. It has ratified its previous two optional protocols on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and on the involvement of children in Armed Conflict in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

 “The new optional protocol gives children a legal voice, opening a new era for children’s rights as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November this year,” said the members of the Child Rights Group.

Under the Third Optional Protocol, the state parties have an obligation to make complaint mechanisms accessible for all children, with special efforts directed at those most vulnerable to rights violations, especially excluded and marginalised children, such as children with disabilities, indigenous and minority children.

The Group drew particular attention to the millions of children who are silent and invisible victims of violence and abuse across the globe. In the context of Mongolia, despite all the achievements, issues of violence against children still remain. While acknowledging the achievements of the Government of Mongolia, the Child Rights Group recognized that much work remains to be done, as children’s rights continue to be violated on a daily basis, including through violence, exploitation and abuse.

The Child Rights Group expressed their readiness to support the Government of Mongolia to accelerate the process towards the ratification of the Optional Protocol hoping that this new Optional Protocol will soon reach universal ratification. This will ensure that Mongolia complies with their obligations and face any scrutiny concerning individual allegations of child rights violations that may emerge.

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To learn more about how to submit a complaint, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/TBPetitions/Pages/IndividualCommunications.aspx#OPIC

To learn more about the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, visit: http//www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRCIndex.aspx

Child-friendly publication on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Complaints Procedure:
http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/cropped_images/RaisingUnderstanding_OCPC.pdf

For more information, please contact:
Amaraa Dorjsambuu, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF –
312183/adorjsambuu@unicef.org

Darikhand Bayar, Child Protection and Child Rights Governance Programs Manager, Save the Children – 329365 (Ext. 19)/Darikhand@savethechildren.mn

Enkhbold Byambajav, Communications Manager, WVI - 7015 5323

 

 

                                                

 

                                                                                                     

 


[1] Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Norwegian Lutheran Mission, and Caritas Czech


 

 
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