Children’s Rights, Cabinet Mandates, and CCRC plans
The CCRC reviewed the mandate letters of new federal cabinet ministers and identified more than 40 initiatives that would contribute to the fulfillment of children’s rights. These include very specific measures and systemic changes across a wide range of departments. Many are positive responses to the 10 Steps that the CCRC promoted to respond to the recommendations received from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child during Canada’s last review.
The CCRC has sent letters of encouragement to individual cabinet ministers, offering support to implement the specific items in their mandate that will benefit children. We are also reminding them about children’s rights as part of their duties. We will follow up on these letters in the coming months. We are also alerting duty-bearers to the upcoming review in 2018, with a hope that we can report significant progress in our next review.
Watch for more specific posts on specific initiatives as we pursue them.
If you have information or want to help in the CCRC’s monitoring project, please contact Kathy Vandergrift, Coordinator.
Child Rights and Physician Assistance in Death
The CCRC made a submission to the parliamentary committee that studied physician assisted death before introduction of a new law. Its recommendation that criteria be based on principles in the CRC rather than an arbitrary age criterion is reflected in the committee report. The committee recommended a two-stage legal process with the first stage applying to adults and then adding provisions for persons under age 18 after extensive consultation to determine criteria based on competency as a “mature minor.” Consultation with young people, as well as relevant experts, is recommended, in keeping with the CCRC’s focus on Article 12 of the Convention. The CCRC will continue to monitor the introduction and consideration of a new law, which needs to be completed by June. For copy of submission: CCRC Submission on Physician Assisted Death.
The CCRC joined other human rights groups to call for reform of existing mechanisms to implement international human rights agreements in Canada. The occasion was the weak response by Canada to recommendations received during its first review under the new Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council. See news-release-for-upr-news-conference