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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 April 2014: The 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was opened yesterday, 09 April, 2014, at the African Union Conference Centre, in presence of representatives of the African Union Commission, Representatives of the UNOHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, Plan International, Save the Children and others partners and key stakeholders on the rights and welfare of the child in Africa.
In her statement, H.E. Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, on behalf of the AUC Commissioner for Social Affairs highlighted the challenges that are still impeding the full realization of child rights on the continent and she welcomed this Session as an avenue where possible solutions to address these challenges will be discussed. Continue reading
The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) will hold its 23rd Ordinary Session, from 07-16 April 2014 at the Conference Centre of the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Examination of States party reports and civil society complementary reports on the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) will be at the heart of this session. In addition, the Committee will proceed with the adoption of a general comment on Article 6 (name and nationality) of the Charter to clarify the meaning and scope of this provision.
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The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 420th meeting held on 18 February 2014, in Addis Ababa, devoted a session to a consultation with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), in its capacity as an Organ of the AU.
The meeting was held pursuant to the Executive Council Decision EX.CL/Dec.712 (XXI) that was adopted in June 2012, at its 21st Ordinary Session, held in Addis Ababa, in which the Executive Council requested the PSC to take into account the rights of the child in its agenda and cooperate actively with the ACERWC, in its efforts aimed at promoting the welfare of children in Africa.
Council emphasized the need for the ACERWC to champion initiatives at national, regional and continental levels, to bring more awareness on children’s rights and welfare to various stakeholders. Continue reading
This morning, 18 February 2014, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) have held an inaugural meeting on their common areas of engagement in protecting the rights of children in pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict situations.
Through the voice of its Chairperson Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur, the Committee presented its expectations from the consultative meeting. Accordingly, issues ranging from identification of common areas of engagement between the two organs to the development of a joint plan of action to strengthen the collaboration in advancing children rights in armed conflicts have flagged out. The Chairperson specifically highlighted the inclusion of the ACERWC to the prescribed relationship of the PSC with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), as stated in Article 19 of the Protocol for the establishment of the AU Peace and Security Council. Continue reading