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Title:An ice-breaker: State party reports and the 11th session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Authors:Mezmur, Benyam D.
Sloth-Nielsen, JuliaISNI
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:children's rights
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Abstract:During its 11th session (26-28 May 2008), the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child held its first Pre-Session (29-31 May 2008) for the consideration of State-party reports. This update highlights the work of the Committee during this session. While little attention is paid to the proceedings of the 11th session, partly as a result of the fact that the session was short-lived (only three days, composed of open and closed sessions), the procedures for the Pre-Session, as well as the substance of the four reports that were discussed during the Pre-Session (from Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria and Rwanda), occupy centre stage. In conclusion, it is argued that the whole exercise of the Pre-Session was an ice-breaker, and represents progress in its own right. In looking forward, the importance for the African Children's Committee to draw the necessary lessons from the four State-party reports and to chart ways of strengthening the reporting regime is underscored. A number of tentative recommendations are made in this regard. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]