Rights of the child/ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Minister of State for the Family, Children’s Affairs, Elderly People and Adult Care presented a bill to authorize the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure.
The Protocol, signed by France on 20 November 2014 at the United Nations (UN), establishes a procedure by which a person who says they are the victim of a violation of the Convention or its protocols may address the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Convention has hitherto had no complaints mechanism. The Protocol will therefore enable children or their representatives to address this international committee of experts, once national channels have been exhausted. The Committee will then be able to pass on its findings and possibly its recommendations to the country concerned.
France is more mobilized than ever to promote children’s rights, the recognition of their testimony and respect for their best interests. This commitment is part of the quest for children’s wellbeing and respect for their needs, in accordance with the 2015-2015 child protection road map, presented at the Council of Ministers by the Minister of State for Children’s Affairs on 19 August.
The ratification of the Protocol follows the French President’s commitments. It will be a major step forward in the actual protection of children’s rights./.