Ireland’s record on children’s rights to be scrutinised by UN

Ireland’s record on children’s rights will be scrutinised by the UN in Geneva today.

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman will be questioned by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on how the country is making progress on protecting children and what shortfalls remain.

It’s expected the committee will address barriers to full rights for children from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.

The Ombudsman for Children Dr. Niall Muldoon says Irish children themselves have made their concerns known to the UN.

“They’re very concerned and frustrated by things like discrimination.

“If you ask children what’s going on with their friends, they’re very aware of where people have been treated fairly.

“When there’s no equality, maybe there’s discrimination against children for whatever reason, be it size, shape, race, gender, they’re very much aware of that and they feel that children need better protection from discrimination and racism.”


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