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Fight For Your Right - a Child-friendly version of the UN Concluding Observations

Belgium considers the rights of children and young people important and has therefore signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention on the Rights of the Child covers the rights of all children and young people under 18 years of age to protection, participation and access to services and care. In order to verify that Belgium is meeting its obligations, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child regularly monitors what is happening in Belgium.

Every five years, Belgium goes to the Children’s Rights Committee to show what improvements have been made in the area of children’s rights.

In 2019, another reporting process of Belgium came to an end. The Children’s Rights Committee formulated Concluding Observations (COBs)for our country. These are important recommendations and advice for Belgium on what should change for all children and young people and how this should be done.

The objectives of the project

One of the objectives is a wide dissemination of these COBs, including among children and young people. That is why the National Commission on the Rights of the Child (NCRC) has set up a participatory project to produce a child- and youth-friendly version of the COBs. Various organisations in Belgium that work with children and young people will be able to use this version in their activities to raise awareness of and educate children and young people about children’s rights.

Participation of children and young people is a right recognised in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Every child has the right to express his or her views on matters that concern him or her. Adults must take that opinion into account and always consider the age and maturity of the child or young person.
The right to participation can only be fully realised if the right to information is guaranteed. It is therefore very important that children and young people have access to information appropriate to their age and maturity so that they can form an informed opinion.

Interested in the different phases of this project?
This interactive timeline will give you a good overview and will be regularly updated during the project. So don’t hesitate to come and have a look now and again!

The partners of the project

This project is implemented by members of the NCRC, consisting of various children’s rights organisations and government agencies. In addition, children and young people will also be involved as partners throughout the project. They will help determine the content and form of this child and youth friendly version of the COBs.

This project is made possible with the support of the Department of Culture, Youth and Media of the Flemish Government, the Flemish Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner, the Flemish Child Rights Coalition, the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), Plan International Belgium, FOD Foreign Affairs, ’t Zitemzo, UNICEF Belgium, Observatoire de l’enfance, de la jeunesse et de l’aide à la jeunesse (OEJAJ), Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone de Belgique, Centre interdisciplinaire des droits de l’enfant (CIDE), Coordination des ONG pour les droits de l’enfant (CODE), Défense des Enfants International (DEI) - Belgique en de Délégué général aux droits de l’enfant (DGDE).

Any questions? Contact Ellen Van Vooren, coordinator of the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre.

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