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Children in Wales joins coalition supporting protocol on children’s rights, 09/08/12 [W/E/NI/S]

Children in Wales has now become a member of Ratify OP3CRC, an international coalitional supporting a new human rights treaty which allows children or their representatives to bring a complaint before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child if they believe their rights have been breached.

Ratify OP3CRC, the International Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPCRC), is a coalition of international, regional and national organisations who are committed to supporting the ratification and enforcement of the OPCRC on a Communications Procedure (OP3CRC) .

This treaty was introduced by the United Nations in December 2011, but children will only be under its protection if member states ratify it, and only after the OP3 CRC has become international law, or ‘entered into force’, i.e. after 10 States have ratified it. Currently 25 states have signed the treaty but none have ratified it into their domestic law. The coalition’s aim is to ensure this happens.

To find out more about the coalition, how to join and to download the membership form, click here. Please note that membership forms need to be signed and sent to membership@ratifyop3crc.org.

The full text of the protocol is available to view here.