The CRC reporting cycle and opportunities for civil society engagement

All around the world, civil society actors play a crucial role in promoting the national-level implementation of international human rights norms, including child rights such as the right to acquire a nationality. Whatever the focus of their work – monitoring, advocacy, individual assistance, etc. – civil society actors are often able to get 'close to' an issue and the people who are affected by it. This puts them in a good position to understand what barriers exist with respect to the full realisation of particular rights and to provide useful information on the impact of laws, policies and practices. Such insights can, in turn, help international monitoring bodies such as the Committee on the Rights of the Child to engage in an effective and well-informed dialogue with States about the implementation of their international obligations.

This section of the Toolkit provides an overview of the CRC reporting cycle – its different stages and the opportunities they each present for civil society engagement, the role that civil society actors can play in this process and relevant considerations for civil society actors in this regard. This section provides an overview of some of the practical information related to the CRC reporting cycle, which can be found in much greater detail in the Child Rights Connect mini site on “Engaging in the Reporting Cycle of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child”. 

The OHCHR website also provides useful information on monitoring the core international human rights treaties.