UN members fly in on children's mission

Two members of a powerful United Nations group will jet into Dublin today to examine at first-hand how Irish children are treated.

Two members of a powerful United Nations group will jet into Dublin today to examine at first-hand how Irish children are treated.

Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan said she was delighted the members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child had accepted her invitation in advance of their review of the government’s record on children’s issues.

Brent Parfitt and Lucy Smith, the Committee’s Rapporteur for Ireland, are to take part in a three-day visit.

“Since Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, the Government has been obliged to submit progress reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child outlining how the State is fulfilling its commitments to children and young people, which it signed up to almost 15 years ago,” Ms Logan said.

“The State first reported to the UN Committee in 1998 and this will happen again in September this year.

“As Ombudsman for Children, since April 2004 I have been given statutory responsibility for monitoring how the State treats children and young people.

“My office will be submitting an independent report to the UN Committee on our experiences thus far. We look forward to outlining these experiences to the Committee in Geneva in June.”

Ms Logan said the committee members would meet several groups of children and young people during their trip to hear at first-hand their experiences of growing up in Ireland today.

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