In accordance with Article 45 of the Charter, the Committee may decide to investigate in a State Party where alleged violations of children’s rights have been reported. The Guidelines on the Conduct of Investigations provide the Framework governing the conduct of Investigations.
Investigation Mission in Tanzania.
Recently, the ACERWC conducted an Investigation Mission in Tanzania, following an application to investigate on alleged violations of the rights of children with albinism. The application was introduced on November 2013 by a Non-Governmental Organization, Under The Same Sun (UTSS), drawing Committee’s attention on the alarming conditions of children with albinism subjected to violations of their rights in Tanzania. The Committee considered the application at its 24th Ordinary Session held on 01-06 December, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Given that the request falls within its mandate and was also in line with the aims of investigation missions as stated in Article 2 of ACERWC’s Investigation Guidelines.
A Report was released after the mission:
Investigation Mission in the Republic of South Sudan and Central Africa Republic
Following the adoption of a resolution on the situation of children in the Republic of South Sudan and in the Central African Republic during its 23th ordinary session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from April 7 to 16, 2014, the Committee thus decided to undertake mission in the two countries with the main objective of providing answers and recommend solutions to improve the protection of children affected by the conflicts. Specifically, the missions aims at assessing the impact of the armed conflict on children and identifying the main capabilities and gaps in terms of resources for the prevention and solutions to be provided to children affected by armed conflicts.
From 3-9 August, 2014, the ACERWC undetook a field visit to South Sudan and had several meetings with Governments officials, UN Agencies, INGO and Civil society Organization. Similarly, from 15-20 December, 2014, the Committee was in Central African Republic with the same objectives.
The report of the missions can be downloaded below: