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Children’s Rights during Adolescence
General Comment No. 20 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In its General Comment No. 20, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child provides information on the implementation of children's rights during adolescence. The key recommendations addressed to States parties provide helpful advice for development cooperation practitioners. This publication summarises General Comment No. 20 and outlines approaches on how development cooperation may contribute to the realisation of children's rights during adolescence.

(PDF, 64 KB)

Author: Lena Stamm, Dr. Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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6 Page Count

June 2017

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Children's Rights and the elimination of harmful practices
General Comment No. 18 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In 2014 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child joined forces to produce General Comment No. 31/No. 18. The main objective of this General Comment is to clarify the States parties’ obligations regarding the elimination of harmful practices. This publication summarizes the General Comment and outlines approaches on how development cooperation may contribute to the elimination of harmful practices.

(PDF, 81 KB)

Author: Lena Stamm, Dr. Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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ISSN: 2509-9493 (PDF)

6 Page Count

March 2017

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Children have a Right to Health
General Comment No. 15 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In its General Comment No. 15, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child provides information on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest standard of health. The Committee’s key recommendations addressed to States parties provide helpful advice for development cooperation practitioners. This publication summarizes General Comment No. 15 and outlines approaches for how development cooperation may contribute to the realisation of children’s right to health.

(PDF, 78 KB)

Author: Lena Stamm, Dr Judith Striek

Publisher: German Institute for Human Rights

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6 Page Count

March 2017

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Children's and young people's rights in development cooperation
Methods and guidelines for practical implementation

Germany and virtually all the countries partaking in German development cooperation have ratified the UNCRC and are committed to implementing it. Nevertheless, many states are still not honouring their commitments regarding human and children’s rights. In consequence millions of young people are left without an opportunity to exercise their rights.
 
The want of practical knowledge regarding children’s and young people’s right called for this methodical guide to practical implementation. The United Nations’ human rights protection system forms the basis to this guide, along with associated instruments of the United Nations, especially the work of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The methodical guide also incorporates experience gained during a pilot phase with multipliers in Kirgizstan, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso in 2013/14. It is a suitable handout for two and a half day workshops on children’s and young people’s rights, but may also be used as toolbox for human and children’s rights education within the various sector focuses of German development cooperation. 

(PDF, 927 KB)

The published work can be ordered free of charge from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Mail: i-punkt@giz.de)

Training material

124 Page Count

March 2016

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How the Child's Right to Participation Can be Promoted in German Development Cooperation

The Study illustrates measures of German development cooperation (DC) for the promotion of the child’s right to participation, outlines the human rights standards for child participation and concludes with recommendations for German development policy. It is based on a qualitative, interdisciplinary research, including interviews with children and youth as well as stakeholders of DC in Guatemala, Kenia, Kirgizstan and Serbia.

(PDF, 1,19 MB)

Author: Lena Stamm / Lissa Bettzieche

Study

ISBN: 978-3-945139-61-5 (PDF)

88 Page Count

February 2015

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ABC of Children's Rights: R for Research Involving Children

Ohne Daten lassen sich Vorhaben in der staatlichen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (EZ) nicht planen, ihre Umsetzung nicht überwachen und die erzielten Wirkungen nicht belegen. Besonders herausfordernd ist die Erhebung von Daten, wenn Kinder die Zielgruppe von Vorhaben der EZ sind: Wie können ihre Würde, ihr Wohl und Schutz bei einer Erhebung gewahrt werden? Die Publikation stellt die Anforderungen der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention (KRK) an Erhebungen mit unter 18-Jährigen dar und wie diese in der Praxis umgesetzt werden können.

Diese Publikation ist auch auf Deutsch erschienen unter dem Titel "E wie Erhebungen mit Kindern".

ISBN 978-3-945139-57-8 (PDF)
ISSN 2199-0166 (PDF)

8 S.

Sprache: Englisch

(PDF, 378 KB)

ABC of Children's Rights

February 2015

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ABC of Childrens Rights: J for Juvenile Justice

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 10 provides guidance in dealing with children in conflict with the law, who are children, alleged as or accused of having committed a criminal offence and those who have been convicted with infringing criminal law.

ISBN 978-3-945139-21-9 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-22-6 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

7 p.

(PDF 445 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Childrens Rights - A for Aims and E for Education

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 1 is about the importance of access to education for every child without discrimination and of the quality of education.

ISBN 978-3-945139-17-2 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-18-9 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

5 p.

PDF 459 KB

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: H for Right to be heard

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute for has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 12 offers guidance on how to implement the child’s right to be heard in different settings and situations (article 12 Convention on the Rights of the Child).

ISBN 978-3-945139-23-3 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-24-0 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

7 p.

(PDF 444 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Children's Rights: NHRI for National Human Rights Institutions

The key source of explanation and interpretation of the UN human rights conventions are the General Comments of the UN treaty bodies. In order to make the essential content of the General Comments more widely available, the Institute has summarised the General Comments No. 1, 2, 10 and 12 and has made suggestions for their use by development practitioners. This publication on General Comment No. 2 is about the role and characteristics of 'independent human rights institutions for children.'

ISBN 978-3-945139-19-6 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-945139-20-2 (PDF)
ISSN 2198-0616 (Print)
ISSN 2198-5642 (PDF)

5 p.

(PDF 455 KB, barrier free)

ABC of Children's Rights

November 2014

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ABC of Children’s Rights: M for Monitoring and S for State Obligation

The systematic and periodic monitoring of whether and how human rights are enforced is an integral and key component of the implementation of human rights treaties. This also applies to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This publication provides insights for practitioners of German bilateral development cooperation on the State’s obligation to monitor the implementation of the CRC. It makes recommendations on what German bilateral development cooperation should undertake to fulfil this obligation, explains how this can be done, and identifies stakeholders who need to be involved.

Project "Children's Rights in Development"

ISBN 978-3-945139-08-0 (PDF)

6 p.

(PDF, 1.3 MB)

ABC of Children's Rights

March 2014

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Jahresbericht 2012

Die Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitution Deutschlands stellt in Interviews, Gesprächen, Berichten, Porträts und Kommentaren die thematischen Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit im Jahr 2012 vor. Lesen Sie mehr zu Deutschlands Abschneiden im UPR-Verfahren in Genf und wo die Vereinten Nationen Verbesserungspotenzial für die Menschenrechte in Deutschland sehen, wie das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte Deutschlands internationale Verpflichtungen mit Amicus-Curiae-Stellungnahmen in laufenden Verfahren stärker zur Geltung bringt und welche Rolle die Gerichte bei der Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention spielen.

Herausgeber: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

Jahresbericht

ISBN 978-3-942315-68-5 (PDF)
ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF)

55 S.

(PDF, 4 MB)

Annual report

October 2013

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