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An advocacy mission on the ratification of the Charter will be undertaken in Somalia from 30-31 July, 2018.  The advocacy mission mainly intends to solicit for the ratification of the ACRWC and the deposition of the ratification instrument at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the AUC in the foreseeable future.

            The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) is a regional child rights instruments which is peculiar to Africa that encompasses provisions on the rights and welfare of the child giving due regard to African values and context. It was adopted in 1990 by the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) and entered into force in 1999. As the monitoring body established to promote and protect the rights enshrined in the Charter, the Committee will engage with the authorities of the Federal Republic of Somalia and other relevant actors to identify the reasons behind the non-ratification of the ACRWC and provide recommendations on how to address the identified challenges. To date, the ACRWC has been ratified by 48 African Union Member States and Somalia is among the 7 who are yet to ratify with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tomé & Principe, South Sudan, and Tunisia.

            High level meetings with government officials from the Ministry of Human Rights and Development, consultation with AMISOM, UN Agencies and local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on children rights issues will be held during the mission. A workshop on the ratification and reporting on the Charter aiming to discuss the practical steps of the ratification procedures of AU treaties will also be conducted with relevant ministries and CSOs. The objective of these meetings is to create a network with various CSOs and other stakeholders who can follow-up on the ratification of the ACRWC and support the Government on the process of the ratification of the ACRWC.

            The ACERWC Delegation will be led its Vice-president Hon. Marie Christine Bocoum and staff from the Secretariat and the AUC Office of the Legal Counsel.

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