Geneva, 14 April 2014Children whose human rights have been violated will finally be able to bring their cases to the United Nations. This is now possible thanks to a new international treaty entered into force on 14th April 2014. Finally, children access international justice.

Children access international justice

This new treaty, known as the Optional Protocol 3 to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3CRC), was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011. On January 14th 2014 Costa Rica became the 10th country to ratify this treaty, that has entered into force on 14th April 2014.

Children are citizens

Cases brought under this new communications procedure will be heard by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UN body of independent experts responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 14 April 2014, children victims of violations in States who have ratified the treaty can start bringing cases to the Committee if no solution is found nationally. And Terre des Hommes will help children to do so.

Terre des Hommes considers this as a fundamental step for children who have finally access to international justice. A nice step in considering children as citizens and actors of their own life.

We need more ratifications

Campaigners are now urging others governments around the world to ratify the new treaty so more children can access international justice. And we are part of them as member of the Coalition Ratify OP3CRC. The Coalition actively contributed to draft the Protocol and to campaign for the entry into force of the new Protocol. Together with our partners, this is a success we feel proud of.


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