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The New Complaints Mechanism for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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A Mini Step Forward for Children?

The un General Assembly has recently adopted a third Optional Protocol to the crc, providing for an individual complaint mechanism for children. The product of a sustained campaign on the part of ngos and children’s rights advocates, the Protocol achieves a certain parity of esteem for children vis-à-vis complainants under other core un human rights instruments by enabling them to make complaints specifically with respect to rights guaranteed by the Convention and its two substantive protocols. This article examines the terms of this new procedure in the light of its drafting history and explains why the resulting text has in many respects disappointed in terms of delivering a much-hoped for “child-friendly” complaint mechanism for children.

Affiliations: 1: School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland Visiting Fellow, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School (2011–2012) suzanne.egan@ucd.ie

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