Expert meeting with CRC Committee on child’s right to identity and access to remedies

To support the CRC Committee in drafting its upcoming General Comment 27 on Access to Justice and Effective Remedies, an expert consultative meeting occurred on 18 May 2024 in Geneva with representatives of UN agencies, civil society, academics and people with lived experience to consolidate views, identify potential priorities to ensure full enjoyment of the right to identity, which is the gateway to other rights in the CRC. Specifically, this meeting highlighted the importance of ensuring that all children, especially the most vulnerable have a full and complete identity including nationality as an enabler for accessing justice. CRC Members supporting the meeting included Suzanne Aho, Hynd Ayoubi-Idrissi, Bragi Gudbrandsson, Philip Jaffé, Faith Marshall-Harris, Mikiko Otani, Luis Pedernera, Ann Skelton, Velina Todorova and Benoit Van Keirsbilck who thanked experts attending – representing all regions – especially those with lived experience for contributing to their understanding of the challenges faced with respecting Arts.7-8 CRC and identifying concrete solutions to improve access to justice.

This expert meeting was held as part of the identity rights working group currently co-chaired by Child Identity Protection and Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion including multiple organisations including their representatives Areej Alshammiry, Iris Amaldi, (ATD Fourth World), Armando Augello Cupi, Italy (Unione Italiana Apolidi), Christina Baglieto (CHIP), Zoé Bertrand (Global Survivors Fund), Laurence Bordier (Child Identity Protection), Valeriia Cherednichenko (UNHCR), Mia Dambach (Child Identity Protection), Siena Demetriou (Child Identity Protection), Yuko Doi (UNHCR), Helen Griffiths (OHCHR), Neha Gurung, Nepal (Citizenship Affected Peoples Network and ISI), Catherine Harrington (Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and Women’s Refugee Council), Boonyoung Han (Danish Korean Rights Group), Arthur Kermalvezen (Origines), Audrey Kermalvezen (Origines), Terry Kiarie, Kenya (ATD 4th World), Lynelle Long (Intercountry Adoptee Voices), Kirsten di Martino (UNICEF), Bhaskar Mishra (UNICEF), Peter Møller (Danish Korean Rights Group), Deneisha Moss (ISI), Bina Ramanand, Malaysia (Family Frontiers and Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights), Aleksandra Semeriak, Europe (European Network on Statelessness), Rachel Sloth-Nielson (Oxford University), Gisela Sin Gomiz (Child Identity Protection), and Danaé van der Straten Ponthoz (Global Survivors Fund).

Meeting Summary

Call for inputs

Submission by the WG (will be posted here soon)

Submission by CHIP (will be posted here soon)