The UN asked for more information on how the UK is implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) in April 2017.
The Children’s Rights Alliance (CRAE) has published two child-friendly resources on children’s rights.
The July 2017 How well are we respecting children’s rights? leaflets summarise the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding Observations on the UK’s treatment of children and young people.
Refugee Week takes place every year in the week around World Refugee Day, 20 June.
In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children have been recorded in some 80 countries in 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.
The UN Human Rights Council’s June 2017 panel discussion raised the issues facing unaccompanied minors – and the need to protect the rights of migrant children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The European Commission has launched a May 2017 consultation on social inclusion and shared values for young people. And in particular, how education and non-formal learning can help create more socially cohesive societies.
Submissions must be made by 11 August 2017.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, and Department for International Trade have launched an April 2017 consultation on the legal framework for imposing sanctions, post-Brexit. Submissions should be made by 23 June 2017. Continue reading “Public consultation and white paper: the UK’s Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementing Sanctions post-Brexit”
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights released an activity report for 2016 (pdf) in April 2017.
Launching the report, Nils Muižnieks said:
‘2016 will likely be remembered as a critical turning point for human rights in Europe. We will either see it as a low point from which European countries, individually and collectively, bounced back to reaffirm their commitment to human rights, or it will mark the beginning of the end of the European human rights system and European integration.’
There has been a six-fold increase in the total number of child asylum applicants in the EU in the last six years. The European Commission published policy guidance on the protection of children in migration (pdf) in April 2017. Continue reading “European Commission policy guidance: the Protection of Children in Migration”
On 4 May 2017 the UK’s human rights record will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UK’s overall human rights record was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, which resulted in 132 recommendations for improvement. Continue reading “Universal Periodic Review 2017 livestream – 4 May 2017”
In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations. The UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5; a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Continue reading “Women and Equalities Committee report: Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK”