Child Rights Treaty Must Be Signed!
AYAC is calling on the Australian Government to sign an important international child rights treaty – the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – which provides an avenue for children and young people to complain about the violation of their rights by national governments.
Third Optional Protocol to the Convention will provide effective remedies for violations of human rights, by enabling children and young people to complain to an international committee of experts if their human rights have not been protected in their home country.
“The Australian Government has committed to ensuring and protecting children and young people’s rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment.
“However, without a complaints mechanism, children and young people’s human rights remain at risk,” AYAC’s Executive Director Andrew Cummings said.
So far, 20 member states have signed the Protocol, but the complaints procedure will only become a reality for children and young people if at least ten countries both sign and then ratify the Protocol.