Children’s Rights and Bill S-206

The Senate will begin debate on Bill S-206 this week.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Murray Sinclair, will repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code.  It will protect the right of every child, as well as every adult, to not be hit by anyone.  It is an important step in implementation of children’s right to …

25th Anniversary of Ratification of CRC in Canada: How Are We Doing?

2016 is the 25th Anniversary of Canada’s Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – time to ask about progress in implementation.  Substantive progress in some areas is combined with no action in others, based on recommendations to Canada in the last review of children’s rights in 2012.  The CCRC offers this …

Violence Strategies and Children’s Rights

The CCRC welcomes the strong focus on ending violence against women and girls. Paying attention to children’s rights is essential and beneficial for the success of proposed national strategies.  That is the message in two submissions the CCRC is making. We hope Status of Women Canada will consider Article 19 of the Convention, General Comment …

Human Rights Agreements are for Canadians too!

The gap between Canada’s signature on human rights agreements and implementation in Canada was a common theme of over 50 Canadian groups who sent submissions for review of Canada’s record by the UN Human Rights Council. This is a main issue for children’s rights, and the CCRC is a partner in the efforts to fix the system for all rights.

CCRC supports Reintegration for Omar Khadr, Canada’s Child Soldier

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 …