The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) welcomed Tunisia’s accession to the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure, the CRC which published Thursday its findings on Tunisia and Luxembourg said Thursday.
According to a statement issued by the committee Thursday, this is a significant step making Tunisia the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to take measures to allow individual children to submit complaints regarding specific violations of their rights.
However, the Committee experts expressed concern about high levels of violence against children in Tunisia, including domestic violence and sexual abuse. They called on the State party to expedite the legislation to protect child victims and witnesses of crime, as well as to allocate sufficient resources to provide support for them.
Tunisia and Luxembourg, two States parties were reviewed as part of the Committee’s latest session which provides findings containing positive aspects in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by each country, as well as the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is one of the seven human rights related organizations at the United Nations.
It monitors the accession of States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, the same source recalled.
The CRC is scheduled to hold its next session from September 6 to 24 to consider Afghanistan, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eswatini, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
Source: TAP News Agency