The Committee will organise a Forum on Experience sharing and Best practices on the African Children’s Charter from 27-29 September, 2017, in Mauritius. The Forum aims to solicit the universal ratification of the Charter and mobilize the widest political support to this end. Moreover, the Committee seeks to engage State Parties which have entered reservations to consider withdrawing their reservations, and to encourage States Parties which have not yet reported to comply with their obligations under the Charter.
The Committee notes that 27 years after the adoption of the Charter, 48 African Countries have ratified the Charter, with 7 countries yet to ratify the ACRWC. The countries that have not yet ratified that Charter are: Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Somalia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Sudan and Tunisia.
Moreover, not all countries that have ratified have submitted reports to the Committee. As of June 2017 36 States Parties have submitted their Initial reports while 8 of these States, namely Cameroon, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, and Tanzania have submitted their periodic reports. 11 countries have not yet reported to the Committee. These countries are Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, and Zambia.
The Forum therefore seeks to identify specific challenges with regard to reporting on and implementation of the provisions of the African Children’s Charter in the respective Member States and promote a coordinated cooperation and mutual assistance for the full respect of children’s rights and also to encourage CSOs engagement in the reporting process.
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