Belgium has become the 11th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (OP3CRC). The State ratified the treaty on 30 May and children and their representatives will be able to bring complaints against Belgium from the 30 August 2014.
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) is an international human rights treaty that allows the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) to hear complaints alleging that a child’s rights have been violated. Children will only be able to approach the UN if the national legal system has not been able to provide a remedy for the violation.
Belgium has also become the fourth state to accept the “inter-state” communication procedure which will allow one state to bring a complaint against another.
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