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80th CRC Session opening: Michelle Bachelet referred to Child Rights Connect and DGD Child Advisors!

At the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child opening of its 80th session, statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet welcomed the Child Rights Connect network and recognised the DGD 2018 as a highlight with a focus on the achievements made in child participation.
The UN High Commissioner also referred to and quoted our DGD Child Advisors Nayeli, Konstantinos and Kurt.

Alongside OHCHR, ILO, IOM, WHO, UNICEF and UNHCR, a Statement was made by Ilaria Paolazzi for Child Rights Connect in which she highlighted how empowering the DGD was for CHRD and stressed the importance of our close partnership with the CRC Committee and of using the convention’s 30th anniversary year to put child participation in the spotlight.

OHCHR statement raised collaboration with Child Rights Connect on consulting children for an upcoming OHCHR report on SDGs and Child Rights to inform the 2019 SDG High Level Political Forum.

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Summary Report TB-Net & Amnesty International Event on Treaty Body Election

The Report summarizes a roundtable working meeting under the Chatham house rule held on the 15th November 2018, with the aim to discuss amongst States and other key stakeholders including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and NGOs, the current nominations and elections processes for Treaty Body membership, and proposals for improvements which aim to enhance the quality, independence and diversity of Treaty Body membership.

Summary Report TB-Net & Amnesty International Event on Treaty Body Election

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Celebrating Human Rights Day with our DGD Child Advisors!

On Thursday 13th December, for Human Rights Day celebrations and to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OHCHR organised a roundtable discussion with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who asked the young human rights defenders “what is your dream for human rights?”. The Deputy High Commissioner Kate Gilmore also attended the event, recognising children as “leaders of today and tomorrow”. The audience was composed of many children and young people!

Konstantinos, member of our DGD Children’s Advisory Team, delivered an inspiring speech and powerful messages, such as: “It is a great honor to be called a human rights defender. However, with it comes great responsibility. The responsibility of speaking for those in silence, for those who cannot”.
During the event, a video from Nayeli, also part of the DGD Children’s Advisory Team was shown, in which she shared her experience as Children Human Rights Defenders. Watch the webcast of this great event here!

Two other child advisors, Hannah and Cameron, were involved in a Human Rights Day takeover at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 10th December. Hannah gave a speech about her experiences as a human rights defender and introduced the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, to give a speech to the chamber afterwards. Hannah’s speech is now available here (from about 38 minutes).

Moreover, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary, the Marist International Solidarity Foundation – FMSI shared on Monday 10th the testimonies of Camilla and Gabriel two young Marists who participated in the DGD as speakers and shared their experience as children human rights defenders.
You can find here the two testimonies in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English.

20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

On the 18th of December, the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders was marked in New York by a high-level plenary meeting, organised by the missions of Argentina, Italy and Norway. Along with Save The Children and CIVICUS, Child Rights Connect called on Member States and speakers to put a spotlight on children human rights defenders, whilst outlining the need to recognise children’s action and afford them heightened support and protection. At the meeting Michel Forst recognised children as human rights defenders and Hina Jilani reaffirmed children’s right to participation and association. Children were also mentioned by the delegation of Italy which called on them to be afforded additional support and much stronger protection.
The recording of the event can be found here.

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