UN Committee to Review Nauru’s Record on Children’s Rights

GENEVA (7 September 2016) – Children’s rights in Nauru will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 13 and 14 September in sessions that will be webcast live. Nauru is one of the 196 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent experts.

Among the possible issues to be discussed between Committee members and a government delegation from Nauru are:

    • Taking the best interests of the child into account in decisions regarding asylum-seeking and refugee children;
    • Implementation of the open centre policy for asylum seekers and refugees, including the current living conditions of refugee and asylum seeking children in the Regional Processing Centres;
    • Availability of adequate health services, including psychological and psychosocial care, for asylum-seeking and refugee children;
    • Measures to protect child victims and witnesses of sexual abuse and physical assault;
    • Provision of sexual and health services, including HIV/AIDS services;
    • Measures to implement the Juvenile Justice Bill of 2015.