National CRC Monitoring Mechanism

The National Monitoring Mechanism for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, watches over the Convention’s implementation in Germany. Based at the German Institute for Human Rights, the National CRC Monitoring Mechanism first took up its work in 2015. Its mandate includes increasing the awareness of children’s rights.

When necessary, it reminds individuals and institutions that work with children and youth of their obligation to comply with the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In addition, it provides advice on the interpretation of the Convention and its child-oriented implementation to political decision-makers at the federal and federal-state (Länder) levels, as well as to courts, the legal profession, and civil society.

It also works to encourage and promote children’s rights-based research. To these ends, the National CRC Monitoring Mechanism works closely with civil society organisations, government bodies, research institutions, and also with children and young people themselves, of course. “Of course”, because participation, in the sense of article 12 of the Convention, is the key principle that underpins all of its work.

The National CRC Monitoring Mechanism exchanges information and experiences with the National Human Rights Institutions of other countries and informs the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about the implementation of children’s rights in Germany.

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