UN committee to review Kenya’s record on children rights

Tuesday January 19 2016

Children outside a house in Nakuru. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will on January 21, 2016 review Kenya’s record on children’s rights. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ELIZABETH MERAB
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Kenyan officials will appear before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Thursday to defend the country’s record on children’s rights.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, the CRC stated it would meet with a delegation from the Kenyan government to discuss, among other things, radicalization and the recruitment of children to join terror groups.

In the meeting that will take place in Geneva, the CRC will also examine issues of child trafficking, female genital mutilation, the killing of children with albinism, education, health and ill-treatment of children by police officers.

The CRC said Kenya is one of the 196 states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record by the committee of 18 independent experts.

The committee will base its evaluation on responses from the Kenyan delegation as well as information from other sources, including civil society groups.

The Kenyan delegation will be led by Attorney-General Githu Muigai. He will be accompanied by Labour and East African Affairs Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie and 10 other representatives from the Ministry of Health and the children's department.