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ERIC Number: ED456902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3528
Independent Institutions: Protecting Children's Rights. Innocenti Digest 8.
Lansdown, Gerison
Human rights institutions for children play a crucial role in informing children, governments, and the public about children's rights, how those rights can be enforced, and why they are important. This digest discusses the development of human rights institutions for children and the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; it details the aims and functioning of independent human rights institutions for children, describes the essential characteristics of these institutions, and discusses the type of institution needed to protect the rights of children. The digest also presents a rationale for an independent human rights institution for children, considering the institution's aims, already-existing institutions, and available support for establishing human rights institutions. A body of arguments to challenge objections to human rights institutions for children is presented, as well as information on the evaluation of the ombudsman positions in Norway and Sweden. The digest concludes with a list of independent, statutory national or regional institutions with a broad mandate to promote, protect, and monitor the implementation of children's rights. Information for most of the 33 organizations meeting these criteria include the organization's name and contact information, date of establishment, constitutional base, and the organization's mandate and activities. (Contains 25 references and a list of 13 selected key readings.) (KB)
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Piazza SS Annunziata 12, 50122 Florence, Italy. Tel: +39 055 203 30; Fax: +39 055 244 817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy). Innocenti Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Norway; Sweden
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child