Paunovic: It is important to promote and protect the Rights of the Children

Novi Sad, October 29th 2019. – Director of the Government’s Office for Human and Minority Rights and the President of the Government’s Council for monitoring the implementation of UN Human Rights Mechanisms Suzana Paunovic, today informed the public that Serbia has received 41 recommendation from the Committee on the Rights of the Child after the last report we have sent in 2017, which is 50 percent less than the previous Initial report sent in 2008.

On the 3rd International Scientific-Expert Conference “Protection of Child Rights – 30 years of Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, Paunovic also said that the Government of the Republic of Serbia works committed on implementing all the recommendations we have received for the United Nations, and that all the recommendations are related with the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is of exceptional meaning that the Government has formed a special Council that is responsible for implementation of the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and also other Contracting Authorities and the Council for Human Rights, said the Director of the Government’s Office for Human and Minority Rights. She has also said that besides the Government of Serbia, this process includes Independent Institutions, Civil Society and the representatives of the Parliament.

Regarding the the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is especially important that the organizations of the Civil Society for Children are included in this process, and also the DH club which testifies that the children have the right to fully participate in the decision making process regarding their wellbeing.

We have managed to develop indicators for implementing all the recomendations sent to us by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, with the help from 40 Civil Society organizations, Child Rights Center and MODS (Network of organizations for the Children). After 30 years of adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we have made a great difference, but we still have a good amount of challenges in front of us that require full commitment of everyone included in the process, said the President of the Government’s Council for monitoring the implementation of UN Human Rights Mechanisms.

The Conference gathered regional and local ombudsman’s, around 50 exhibitors and authors, representatives of the academic, scientific, independent and other relevant institutions and organizations from more than 15 countries. It was an opportunity for experience exchange about the improvement and protection of the Rights of the Child.

The Conference was organized by the Ombudsman of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research from Belgrade, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.