The CCRC presented a different option for the case of Omar Khadr – one that upholds new international norms to end the use of child soldiers and the principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For more information, read a joint letter to Prime Minister Harper and a statement made to the House of Commons Sub-committee on Human Rights.
This year Canada is undergoing a general review for all international human rights. As part of the process the CCRC prepared an overview of major concerns in the area of children’s rights. Our submission to the UN Human Rights Council provides an overview of key issues for Canada.
CCRC Chair Kathy Vandergrift was awarded the 2008 Aldo Farina Award for Child Rights Advocacy. The award is a global, biannual recognition of outstanding contribution in child rights advocacy or education for development, sponsored by UNICEF national committees. Kathy was recognized for her work on children’s rights in Canada and globally for children threatened by armed conflict. Accepting the award, Kathy stated that she is motivated by a conviction that “how well a country or community respects the rights of children is a barometer of the health and future of the whole society.”
In 2007 the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights released a report entitled Children: Silenced Citizens. It contained 24 recommendations to improve children’s rights in Canada. Unfortunately its recommendations have not been implemented. It remains a well-researched study on the status of children in Canada.