Newscast Media WASHINGTON—United Nations child rights experts today hailed a new
treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged
violations of their rights.
The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the
Child on a Communications Procedure, entered into force today – three months after
Costa Rica became the 10th country to deposit its instrument of ratification.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for children’s rights,” said Kirsten Sandberg,
Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Marta Santos Pais, the
Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children; Leila
Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed
Conflict; and Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child
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