GENEVA, Switzerland, September 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is meeting in Geneva from 14 September to 2 October to review children’s rights in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Poland, Timor Leste, and United Arab Emirates.
The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, monitors how States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are complying with its obligations. The Committee also reviews how States are implementing two optional protocols to the Convention – one on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and one on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).
States that are party to the Convention and the Optional Protocols must submit regular written reports to the Committee. During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members hold question and answer sessions with the respective government delegations. The sessions are webcast live here: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
Session dates: United Arab Emirates CRC (14-15 Sep); Bangladesh CRC (15-16 Sep); Kazakhstan CRC (16-17 Sep); Poland CRC (18 Sep); Brazil CRC, OPAC (21-22 Sep); Chile CRC (24 Sep); Timor Leste CRC (25 Sep); Madagascar OPSC, OPAC (28 Sep); Cuba OPSC, OPAC (29 Sep).
More information, including lists of issues, the countries’ submitted reports and information from NGOs, is available at:
http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=828&Lang=en.The CRC will publish its concluding observations here on 7 October.