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1st Pacific Islander invited to join the CRC Committee in Geneva

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SUVA, 07 July 2014 – In his 22 years of legal experience, Justice Vui Clarence Joseph Nelson has been a staunch campaigner for the rights of the child. Therefore it is a well deserved honour that he was successfully elected to sit on the Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva. Finalisation of the appointment is pending approval of the Chief Justice of Samoa.

Left-Right: Justice Vui Clarence Joseph Nelson, Grace Agcaoili (CP Specialist EAPRO), Salote Kaimacuata (UNICEF Pacific Child Protection Specialist.

Justice Vui is a Samoan national currently serving as the Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa. He is a patron of Pacific Island Lawyers Human Rights Network and Mentor and Supporter of the Samoan Victim Support Group.

In congratulating Justice Vui, UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Karen Allen said “We are certain you will be an asset to the Committee, bringing your wealth of legal knowledge and rights-based perspectives on child and youth justice.”

Justice Vui has a track record of establishing the first Pacific based Young Offenders Act in 2007, followed by the Community Justice Act 2008. He also set up  the Olomoana Centre, to house young people in conflict with the law which gave them the opportunity to upskill them on a trade for productive engagement, when they returned to their community. 

As one of the 18 independent experts, Justice Vui will spend 6 weeks annually in Geneva to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by State parties. The CRC Committee also monitors the implementation of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“We in UNICEF believe, this augurs well for the children of the Pacific and their governments to have you sitting amongst experts that globally monitors implementation of the CRC by State parties. We know that you will make a difference globally to achieve results for the children of the Pacific and for children everywhere in the world,” said Dr. Allen.

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