Child Rights Governance

A youth group participates in an anti-trafficking forum.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most universally accepted human rights treaty to date.  As a signatory to the Convention, China has committed to establishing a children’s rights system made up of laws, policies, institutions, and processes to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of children in the country.

In 2011, Save the Children in China published an overview of the implementation of the Convention in certain parts of China.  By drawing on our work and experience in China over the past 20 years, we highlighted China’s achievements, and also provided constructive considerations for the furthering of children’s rights in the country.  Part of our report included direct observations from children themselves.  The report was presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In 2013, we attended as observers the 64th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, during which China’s report on the implementation of the UNCRC was considered.

"[I]n many cases, only children themselves are in a position to indicate whether their rights are being fully recognized and realized."
– UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment Nº 5 (2003) (emphasis added)

We continue to empower children to monitor the implementation of their convention, and to make sure their voices are heard.