Together writes to UK Joint Committee on Human Rights

Category: Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

13th February 2015

Together has raised the importance of considering the impact of devolution and its complexities as part of a UK Parliament Inquiry on UK compliance with the UNCRC.

The UK Joint Committee on Human Rights is running a short Inquiry into UK compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and has now held two evidence sessions. The Inquiry takes place against the backdrop of the forthcoming review of UK compliance with the UNCRC by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is set to take place in 2016.

Together welcomes the Inquiry and recognises the significant work that is being undertaken and the focus given to the issues of the rights of migrant children, child trafficking, children in custody, special educational needs and legal aid.Together also acknowledges the range and depth of expertise in children's rights of those who have been called to give evidence to the Joint Committee.

Yet no representatives from the devolved nations have yet been called to give evidence. It is important that the Committee's inquiry includes an assessment of how the UK Government's exercise of reserved powers impacts on the rights of children living in the devolved nations and considers the complexities of devolution. Together has sent a letter to the Joint Committee on Human Rights to express these concerns.


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