Rights, Remedies and Representation: A global report on access to justice for children

Date: 2nd March 2016
Category: Access to appropriate information

CRIN has shared its latest research report, Rights, Remedies and Representation: A global report on access to justice for children. The report is the result of a research project scrutinising how the legal systems of 197 countries empower children to realise their rights or perpetuate the rights violations that they should combat.

CRIN has documented the good, the bad, the effective, the ineffective, the radical and the revolutionary ways that children can access justice around the world.

The report was compiled with the support of hundreds of lawyers and NGOs around the world, setting out the status of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in national law; how the law treats children involved in legal proceedings; the legal means available to challenge violations of children's rights; and the practical considerations when challenging violations using the legal system.

Topping the list are Belgium, Portugal and Spain, with Kenya the only country outside Europe to make the top ten. At the bottom are Palestine, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea.

The report also provides a "Eutopian report" of what access to justice should look like for children. 'Eutopia' was created by collecting examples from around the world. While many come from countries at the higher end of the ranking, others were found in countries such as Angola, Montenegro, Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and Eritrea.

Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Benyam Dawit Mezmur, said: "Country rankings are not just there to highlight who is doing well and who is doing poorly but more importantly they have the ability to stir States to action, prompting them to improve and claim a spot higher on the ranking ladder. The Committee welcomes this research and already envisages its concrete contribution to its various engagements with States."