Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children and the Committee on the Rights of the Child Reporting Process

Innocenti Working Papers 2009-22

  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Steward, Rébecca;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2011
  • Pages
    • 32
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 641U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The Committee on the Rights of the Child has been one of the main instigators for the development of independent human rights institutions for the promotion and protection of children’s rights. Relying on article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it adopted a general comment on this issue in 2002, and now consistently encourages State parties to establish or strengthen such institutions in its concluding observations. Efforts have been made recently with human rights treaty bodies to enhance the involvement of independent institutions at each stage of the reporting process. For independent institutions specifically in charge of monitoring children’s rights, this implies an important contribution to the work of the Committee. Their status of independence from their government in the reporting process has been emphasized and some institutions submit a separate report to the Committee.


Thematic area

Children's Participation   /  Convention on the Rights of the Child   /  Governance   /  Rights of the Child   / 


children's councils   /  children's rights   /  convention on the rights of the child   /  evaluation   /  implementation of the crc   /  international instruments   /  monitoring   /  ombudsman for children   /