UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It also monitors the implementation of two optional protocols to the CRC, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

All State parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of children are being implemented. States must report initially two years after acceding to the Convention and then every five years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “Concluding Observations”.

The Committee reviews additional reports which must be submitted by States who have ratified the two Optional Protocols to the CRC. The Committee does not consider individual complaints.

The Committee meets in Geneva and normally holds three sessions per year consisting of a three-week plenary and a one-week pre-sessional working group.

The Committee also publishes its interpretation of the content of human rights provisions, known as “General Comments” on thematic issues and organizes days of general discussion.

For more information about the work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, visit the following website