HRC40 resolutions tabled: Rights of the Child, HRDs and 30th anniversary of the UNCRC

Date: 2nd April 2019
Category: Children with disabilities, Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms

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Child Rights Connect has been following three resolutions at the Human Rights Council that were tabled on 14th March 2019 on empowering children with disabilities, recognising children as environmental human rights defenders and celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the UNCRC.

The first resolution emphasises that children with disabilities are first and foremost children and are rights holders, that the achievement of their rights is the basis for their empowerment and that they must enjoy the right to be heard, by being involved in decisions that affect them. Furthermore, it notes that inclusion does not simply mean to be involved, but that there must be a social change whereby children with disabilities are integrated in all aspects of society.

Rights of the child: empowering children with disabilities for the enjoyment of their human rights, including through inclusive education

During the negotiations around the second resolution “Recognizing the contribution of environmental human rights defenders to the enjoyment of human rights, environmental protection, and sustainable development” at the UN Human Rights Council, Child Rights Connect successfully advocated for the inclusion of children human rights defenders and the recognition of the special protection they require.

Recognizing the contribution of environmental human rights defenders to the enjoyment of human rights, environmental protection, and sustainable development

The third resolution encourages States to use the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC as a tool to raise awareness of the Convention and as an effort to maintain momentum and increase action on the rights of the child.

Thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child