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ACERWC 30th Ordinary Session

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The African Union Commission and the Government of the Republic of the Sudan signed a host agreement for the 30th Ordinary Session  of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

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The agreement was signed on 23 November 2017 at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was signed between H.E Amira Elfadil Mohamed Elfadil, the Commissioner for the Department of Social Affairs of the AUC and H.E Ambassador Jamal Elsheikh Ahmed, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU and UNECA. The agreement is aimed at facilitating the successful implementation of the Session. Undertaking the Session in the Sudan will serve to assess the country as a potential permanent host for the Secretariat of the Committee. The Session will be held from 6 to 16 December in Khartoum, Sudan at Corinthia hotel.

The Session brings together representatives of Governments, Civil Society Organizations, and individuals working on child rights and welfare. The agenda of the Session includes consideration of state party reports form the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Angola as well as Civil Society complementary reports from Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Niger, Malawi and South Africa. The Session also includes, among other things, hearings on Communications alleging violations of the provisions of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

The draft program can be downloaded here:

Program 30th Ordinary Session 

Programme 30e Session Ordinaire  

Information Note_30th_ACERWC_Ordinary Session  

 

Notes to the Editor:

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) draws its mandate from articles 32-46 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the then OAU on 11th July 1990, and which entered into force on November 29, 1999.

The functions of the Committee are provided in article 42: to promote and protect the rights and welfare of the child; to monitor the implementation and ensure the protection of the rights in the ACRWC; to interpret the provisions of the Charter through General Comments; to perform any other task assigned to it by AU Assembly, Secretary-General and any other AU or UN organ. The Committee is equally bestowed with quasi-judicial functions provided in article 44 of the Charter which states that the “Committee may receive communications, from any person, group or non-governmental organization recognized by the Organization of African Unity, by a Member State, or the United Nations relating to any matter covered by this Charter.

To date, the Charter has been ratified by 48 AU Member States, and 31 have submitted reports on its implementation (http://www.acerwc.org/ratification-data/). The Committee has issued 2 Generals Comments on article 30 and article 6 of the Charter. General Comments N°1 (GC 1) on article 30 deals with children of imprisoned parents. General N° 2 is concerned with the right to a name and nationality recognized by article 6 of the Charter. So far, 10 communications on alleged child rights violations have been submitted to the Committee, among which 4 are finalized and 6 are still pending. http://www.acerwc.org/communications/table-of-communications/

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