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Title:Still an infant or now a toddler? the work of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and its 8th ordinary session
Author:Mezmur, Benyam D.
Year:2007
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal
Volume:7
Issue:1
Pages:258-275
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:children's rights
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
conferences
2006
Abstract:The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child provides that its implementation and monitoring are supervised by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The 11-member African Children's Committee was inaugurated in May 2002 and by the end of 2006, it had held eight ordinary sessions. This article focuses on the 8th ordinary meeting, initially planned for May 2006 but eventually held from 27 November to 1 December 2006 in Addis Ababa. Among the topics on the agenda were the draft guidelines for the consideration of communications, for the conducting of investigations and the criteria for granting observer status with the Committee. These were presented and adopted at the end of the meeting. State parties' reports were received from Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria and Rwanda. A number of NGOs made presentations, and the Committee's interaction with the media also came up for discussion. The author concludes that while the Committee's weak start, the lack of adequate resources for its effective functioning, and a lack of interest on the part of member-States of the African Union in meeting their obligations, particularly with regard to State reporting, still continue to prevent the African Children's Committee from maximizing its potential, there are nevertheless abundant signs of improvement. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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