Holding Government to account under UPR
This spring, the UK Government will be examined under Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council which assesses how well a State is implementing its human rights obligations.
In September, we joined up with Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group, to submit a civil society report as part of the review. Our submission raised a number of child rights issues including: the lack of an action plan on children’s rights; the negative effect that changes to legal aid have had on children; the use of Taser on children; high levels of child poverty; and the treatment of refugee children. We will continue to work together to ensure the UK government is robustly questioned on its child rights obligations. CRAE’s Director, Louise King, and our Senior of Policy and Public Affairs Advisor, Natalie Williams, will be going out to Geneva in April to attend the UPR pre-session and meet with diplomatic missions.