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Monitoring and implementation of children’s rights

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Sloth-Nielsen, Julia (2018). 'Monitoring and implementation of children’s rights'. In Liefaard T and Kikelly U (eds) International Human Rights of Children (Springer)

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This chapter reviews the monitoring, and requirements for domestic implementation, of the rights contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter CRC). It explains the State party reporting system established under Article 44 of the CRC and the consideration of these reports by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee), established under Article 43 of the CRC. Next, the discussion turns to implementation, based largely on the requirements of General Comment No. 5 (2003) on General Measures of Implementation. Throughout these sections, extensive reference is made to subsidiary documents of the CRC Committee such as working methods guidelines, rules of procedure, and General Comments. The 2016 General Comment No. 19 of the CRC Committee (on public budgeting for the realization of children’s rights (Article 4)) receives some attention. A brief section which follows focuses on the monitoring role played by relevant special mandate holders, the monitoring mechanism established by the UN in relation to the use of child soldiers, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process as an element of monitoring of children rights (however, the chapter does not traverse the interplay between children’s rights and the work of the nine other treaty bodies, for reasons of space and coherence). The final and fifth section explores the role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in monitoring children’s rights.
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Julia Sloth-Nielsen

Julia Sloth-Nielsen is Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape and the chair of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at the Child Law Department at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

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