What is an Optional Protocol to the UNCRC?

Human rights treaties are often followed by 'Optional Protocols' which are additional legal mechanisms that complement and add to a treaty after its original adoption.

They can be used either to further address something in the original treaty or to address a new or emerging concern. They provide more detail and expand the obligations beyond those under the original treaty.

The Optional Protocols for the UNCRC must still be guided by the principles of non-discrimination, best interests, child participation and survival and development.


What Optional Protocols does the UNCRC currently have?

The UNCRC has three Optional Protocols:

Find out more about the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure by visiting our 'Optional Protocol 3' page or by clicking here.

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