Published on HREA.org, by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, September 17, 2012.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning opened its sixty-first session, in which it adopted its agenda and heard an address by Gianni Magazzeni, the Chief of Branch of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
In his address, Mr. Magazzeni reviewed important developments of interest to the Committee since its sixtieth session, including the High Commissioner’s report on treaty body strengthening. On the new proposals contained in the report, Mr. Magazzeni said consensus would take more time to achieve, and the commitment of each State to actually strengthening the treaty body system was being put to the test. Recent activities by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in the field of children’s rights were highlighted, including field missions to Moscow, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia and Kyrgyzstan. The High Commissioner was currently in the process of preparing a report on the right of the child to the highest attainable standard of health. She would also present two reports on children and the administration of justice to the current session of the Human Rights Council.
Jean Zermatten, the Committee Chairperson, said that during this session the Committee would examine ten State party reports: seven on the main Convention (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Liberia and Namibia); two initial reports of Albania and Canada under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and the initial report of Albania under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on children involved in armed conflict. On 28 September the Committee would hold a day of general discussion on the rights of the child in the context of international migration. It would also work on its draft general comments on the Best Interests of the Child, the Right to Play and the Right to the Best Possible Health, as well as development of a general comment on Business and the Rights of the Child. Work on a draft joint general comment with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on harmful traditional practices would also continue … //
… On 28 September, in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations, the Committee would hold a day of general discussion on the rights of the child in the context of international migration. Also during the present session, the Committee would continue to work on its draft general comments on Articles 3 (best interests of the child), 31 (Right to Play) and 24 (right to the best possible health) of the Convention, as well as development of a general comment on business and human rights of the child. Work on a draft joint general comment with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the subject of harmful traditional practices would also continue. In addition, the Committee would decide on the theme for its 2013 day of general discussion, said Mr. Zermatten, adding that the next session would be held from 14 January to 1 February 2013.
The Chairperson then presented the agenda for the session, which was adopted by the members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The Committee Secretariat updated members on reports received. Since the last session, Switzerland, Morocco, Hungary, Venezuela, Mexico, Jordan and Sweden had submitted periodic reports and to date only two initial reports were now overdue, from Nauru and Tonga. Regarding the status of the Optional Protocols, as of 17 September 2012, 147 States had ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 158 States had ratified the Optional Protocol of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and 26 States had signed the Optional Protocol on a Communication Procedure.
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