About engaging with the Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – with 196 States Parties - is the most widely ratified international treaty through which civil society actors can address the right to a nationality and the prevention of statelessness. Article 7 is clear and unambiguous in its affirmation of every child’s right to acquire a nationality, and of every State’s obligation to protect children from statelessness.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child works closely with civil society actors as well as State Parties and UN Agencies, in monitoring the implementation of the Convention. As such it is an extremely relevant and important framework through which to promote every child’s right to acquire a nationality.

In this section of the toolkit, you will find more information about the Committee’s mandate, how it has helped to promote the enjoyment of the child’s right to nationality to date, what substantive recommendations it has made on this issue and what implementing measures it has asked states to take to prevent and reduce childhood statelessness. 

Benyam Dawit Mezmur:

“The CRC provides a powerful framework through which gaps in law,

policy and practice that continue to undermine children’s right to acquire a nationality

and create statelessness can be identified, understood and addressed"

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