2021 02 05
2021 02 05
On 4 February the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted General Comment 25 on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. Its adoption makes explicit – for the first time – that children’s rights apply in the digital world and the 196 States who are signatories to the Convention will now have to report formally on its provisions.
The document provides importance guidance in a rapidly moving digital worls and sets out what the digital environment means for children’s human rights, including rights to privacy, non-discrimination, protection, education, play, and more. It explains the accountability of the state as the primary duty bearer in ensuring that the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are adhered to, including the periodic reporting process to the committee on how the obligations were met. States are also obliged to ensure that all entities whose activities impact children within their jurisdiction meet their responsibilities regarding children’s rights.
The EU Commission published two new child rights policies on 24 March 2021, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Rights Guarantee. According to the Commission, the policies were created “to better protect all children, to help them fulfil their rights and to place them right at the centre of EU policy making. Both initiatives have been informed by extensive consultations with citizens, stakeholders and, most importantly, more than 10,000 children.”
The comprehensive strategy covers both EU internal as well as external dimensions and focuses on 6 thematic areas, including protecting children from violence and exploitation.
These policies are a great step forward in protecting children from trafficking and sexual exploitation – the focus now must be on implementation!
For more information about the EU policies please read here.
Link to the UN CRC General Comment Number 25.