UN Committee to review Kenya’s record on children’s rights

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UN Committee to review Kenya’s record on children’s rights

Children’s rights in Kenya will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 21 January in sessions that will be webcast live. Kenya is one of the 196 states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to undergo regular examinations of its record by the Committee of 18 independent experts.

The CRC members will hold discussions with a delegation from the Kenyan Government on how the Convention is being implemented. The Committee will base its evaluation on the delegation’s replies, as well as information from other sources, including civil society groups.

These are among the possible issues to be discussed: Radicalization and recruitment of children by non-State armed groups; trafficking and killing of children with albinism; ill-treatment of children by police officers; protection of refugee and asylum-seeking children from being relocated or deported; harmful practices, including FGM; child malnutrition, lack of access to water and sanitation; disruption of healthcare and other children’s services as control moves from central to local government; inclusive education for children with disabilities; indigenous children and access to their traditional lands.

The full list of issues and Kenya’s submitted written report can be found here

The CRC’s meetings with the Kenyan delegation will take place in Room XXV at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10:00 – 18:00 (12:00-20:00 in Nairobi). The sessions are public and will be webcast at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

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