CRIN's Newsletter, 17 February 2016

CRIN is pleased to share with you our latest research report, Rights, Remedies and Representation: A global report on access to justice for children. The report is the result of a research project scrutinising how the legal systems of 197 countries empower children to realise their rights or perpetuate the rights violations that they should combat. We have documented the good, the bad, the effective, the ineffective, the radical and the revolutionary ways that children can access justice around the world.

With the support of hundreds of lawyers and NGOs around the world, we have published a report for every country on earth, setting out the status of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in national law; how the law treats children involved in legal proceedings; the legal means available to challenge violations of children’s rights; and the practical considerations when challenging violations using the legal system.

Topping the list are Belgium, Portugal and Spain, with Kenya the only country outside Europe to make the top ten. Relegated to the bottom of the pile are Palestine, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea.

You can download the full report here, and view the global ranking, the individual country reports and our interactive map of access to justice on our website.

The report also provides a “Eutopian report” of what access to justice should look like for children. ‘Eutopia’ was created by collecting examples from around the world. While many come from countries at the higher end of the ranking, others were found in countries such as Angola, Montenegro, Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and Eritrea.

Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Benyam Dawit Mezmur, said: “Country rankings are not just there to highlight who is doing well and who is doing poorly but more importantly they have the ability to stir States to action, prompting them to improve and claim a spot higher on the ranking ladder. The Committee welcomes this research and already envisages its concrete contribution to its various engagements with States.”

See the Press Release (15 February 2016).