Child rights

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Praxis at Consultative Workshop on the Implementation of Recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

In Belgrade on 16 October 2019, in cooperation with the Network of Organisations for Children of Serbia – MODS, the Child Rights Centre held a consultative workshop on the implementation of recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The aim of the workshop was to jointly and continuously collect and monitor the implementation of recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in the coming period. 

As representatives of Praxis, Jasmina Miković and Jelena Petrović particularly pointed out that registration at birth had not been ensured for each child, regardless of whether mothers had personal documents. They also drew attention to the fact that the role of the Children’s Rights Council of the Government of the Republic of Serbia had not been improved in terms of providing additional human, technical and financial resources for its efficient functioning. Concrete results were not visible in the field of prevention and elimination of child marriages, except that the National Coalition to End Child Marriages had been established, at the initiative of UNICEF, and that the competent ministry sent to social welfare centres an instruction on how to act in case of child marriages. Regarding the implementation of relevant anti-discrimination regulations, the state had not taken concrete measures to end segregation of Roma pupils in education, while the recent amendments to educational laws re-introduced the possibility of setting up special classes for children with disabilities within regular schools. 

The workshop was organised as part of the project "Monitoring the Implementation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Recommendations with a Special Focus on Improving Child Participation", implemented by the Child Rights Centre with the support of UNICEF and in cooperation with the Office for Human and Minority Rights of the Republic of Serbia. The project aims to contribute to the improved monitoring of the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child through the partnership of the state, the non-governmental sector and the participation of children.

In February 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed the Second and Third Periodic Reports on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Republic of Serbia and adopted the Concluding Observations and recommendations for further improvement of the situation of children and the fulfillment of obligations undertaken by ratification of the Convention and its optional protocols.

Although the measures stemming from the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child are primarily the responsibility of the state, the role of the civil sector is to encourage and cooperate with the state in this regard. Therefore, the indicators have been developed to show the level of success in the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the impact of policies and laws at national and local levels with respect to the exercise of the child rights from the aspect of civil society.

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