UN Human Rights Commissioner presents 2018 Report

Date: 4th June 2019
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms


On Friday, 14th June, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will present the UN Human Rights Report 2018 OHCHR's latest yearly report on its human rights work around the world. Page 9 of the report talks about child human rights defenders advising the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The report highlights the Day of General Discussion, held on 28 September 2018, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, in cooperation with Child Rights Connect, broke from tradition by asking a group of child human rights defenders to participate in a public discussion on “protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders. Children and young people from Scotland were strongly involved in this work, representing the Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Who Cares? Scotland at the UN with support from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. 

As a result, impact stories related to the event have emerged from all over the world. For example, the event enabled the Child Rights Information Centre in the Republic of Moldova and the Children Advocacy Network in Pakistan to strengthen the participation of children in their respective efforts, by including the topic in advocacy campaigns and supporting child human rights defenders to identify opportunities for empowerment and engagement

The Human Rights Report stated that “The impact of the event has also been evident within the Committee, which now has fresh inspiration for engaging with children in its work.” Read the yearly UN Human Rights Report 2018 here