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Over 200 independent public institutions monitoring, promoting and protecting children’s rights have been established over the past 30 years and ombudspersons, child commissioners and defensorias are now at work in over 70 countries. This study is the first comprehensive, global review of these institutions, taking stock of their experience, identifying their distinctive and unique role in the realization of children’s rights, and defining the factors that contribute to their effectiveness, or otherwise. It includes a region by region review of the development and situation of independent institutions, identifying regional traditions and the kinds of work with which they are engaged.
Over 200 independent public institutions monitoring, promoting and protecting children’s rights have been established over the past 30 years and ombudspersons, child commissioners and defensorias are now at work in over 70 countries. This study is the first comprehensive, global review of these institutions, taking stock of their experience, identifying their distinctive and unique role in the realization of children’s rights, and defining the factors that contribute to their effectiveness, or otherwise. It includes a region by region review of the development and situation of independent institutions, identifying regional traditions and the kinds of work with which they are engaged.

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Independent human rights institutions for children have the unique role of facilitating governance processes specific to young people, and have emerged as important actors for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This study, globally the first comprehensive review of independent human rights institutions for children, takes stock of more than 20 years of their experience.

AUTHOR(S)

Vanessa Sedletzki
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Project team

Andrew Mawson; Vanessa Sedletzki