Protecting the rights of the child in humanitarian situations - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/37/33)

Report
from UN Human Rights Council
Published on 21 Nov 2017 View Original

Human Rights Council Thirty-seventh session 26 February – 23 March 2018 Agenda items 2 and 3 Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Summary

In the present report, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights describes the scale and impact of humanitarian situations on children and addresses the main challenges they face, focusing on the importance of child protection and the implementation of the rights to health and to education during emergency situations. He makes a number of recommendations on ensuring that children are put at the centre of humanitarian response and assistance.

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 34/16, in which the Council requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a report on the theme of protecting the rights of the child in humanitarian situations, in close cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, including States, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), other relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, the Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral on Violence against Children and the Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral for Children and Armed Conflict, relevant special procedure mandate holders, regional organizations and human rights bodies, national human rights institutions and civil society, including children themselves, and to present it to the Council at its thirty-seventh session, with a view to providing information for the annual day of discussion on the rights of the child.

  2. Pursuant to the request of the Human Rights Council, OHCHR solicited contributions and received a total of 39 responses from States, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.