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  • UK examined by UN Torture Committee Today and tomorrow the UK is being examined by the UN on how well it is respecting the UN Convention against Torture, and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

    Nearly 80 UK civil society groups and experts have submitted evidence to the UN Committee, revealing wide-ranging failures by the UK to meet its international obligations to prevent torture and ill-treatment. This significant body of evidence has been compiled in a civil society report by REDRESS supported by a steering group which included CRAE, Liberty, Freedom from Torture, Children in Wales, and Disability Rights UK.
    Read more May 2019
  • New report outlines systematic failures to protect children in England Our new report, the 'State of Children’s Rights in 2018' published today reveals how national and local government is failing to protect children in England whilst policymakers focus on Brexit, leaving children traumatised, powerless and vulnerable to abuse in many areas of their lives. Read more Mar 2019
  • We want to hear your views for the UK Torture Review REDRESS, Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE), Children in Wales, Disability Rights UK, Freedom from Torture and Liberty are seeking evidence from civil society organisations in England and Wales for a joint shadow report on the measures taken by the UK Government to prevent torture and ill-treatment. Read more Oct 2018
  • UK to be examined on UN Convention against Torture The UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) is an international human rights treaty. Its purpose is to prevent the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment).

    The UK ratified UNCAT in 1988. States that have signed up to it are required to report to the UN on their progress towards implementing the treaty every four years. In April 2019, the UK will be reviewed by the UN Committee against Torture as part of its sixth periodic review.
    Read more Sep 2018
  • State of Children's Rights 2018 - Call for evidence Every year CRAE’s flagship annual publication – the ‘State of Children’s Rights in England’ assesses the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). The report is a key advocacy tool for the voluntary sector and parliamentarians to hold government to account on this important treaty. To make the report credible, relevant and change focused, we need your input and evidence. Read more Aug 2018
  • New briefing - Using children's rights in mental health policy work Recent years have seen increased concern for the mental health of children and young people in Britain. Several reports have highlighted the growing unmet need for mental health support for children, the insufficient investment in much-needed services, and the delays and hurdles they face in accessing mental health support. Read more Aug 2018
  • Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders In September the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) is holding a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders. The purpose of DGDs is to ensure a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to specific articles or issues. A wide variety of stakeholders usually attend including Representatives of governments, non-governmental organisations and United Nations human rights mechanisms. Read more Jul 2018
  • EU (Withdrawal) Bill 'ping pong' continues The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has returned once again to the House of Lords following the debate in the Commons last week. CRAE and our sister organisation Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights, are supporting Lord Pannick's continued efforts to ensure that rights aren't lost after we leave the EU. Read more Jun 2018
  • Children speak out on homelessness Our new report reveals the shocking conditions children are experiencing while living in Bed & Breakfasts and Temporary Accommodation. Children in England are being housed illegally in B&Bs for months on end leaving them at risk of sexual exploitation, developing mental and physical health problems and disrupting their education. Read more Jun 2018
  • EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to Commons This week the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the House of Commons to debate amendments passed in the House of Lords. One of the amendments passed by peers retained the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Read more Jun 2018