The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) is an international human rights treaty that allows the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) to hear complaints alleging that a child’s rights have been violated. Children will only be able to approach the UN if the national legal system has not been able to provide a remedy for the violation.
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (OP3 CRC) came into force on 14 April 2014, providing children with the opportunity to access justice at the international level. But children will only be able to use this complaints procedure if and only their States ratify OP3 CRC.
Children’s rights organisations around the world have joined to create this International Coalition to campaign for ratification and make this complaints procedure a reality for children. “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center, an Institution that is established on standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law, is supporting the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) and is lobbying for the ratification of it in Cyprus. What’s more, our Chairs of the UNCRC will also participate in this process by circulating the (OP3 CRC) through their channels of communication.
Cyprus needs to join the ranks of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Gabon, Germany, Ireland, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand and Uruguay who have already ratified the treaty. It is crucial that we keep the momentum going, that is why “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center is trying to ensure a rapid entry into force of the OP. In addition, since the OP will only apply to those States that have ratified it, we need to join our efforts to ensure that it is accepted by all States and thus provides an international remedy for all children around the world.