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Convention on the Rights of Children: Periodic Review for Gabon

4Sister Julienne CCV (picture) attended the periodic review for Gabon in Geneva this May, representing her congregation, UNANIMA, and another NGO, the Rainbow Association. Gabon is one of 196 member states that have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and was subject to review by a committee of 18 experts. Sister Julienne explained that this periodic review was intended to strengthen cooperation and improve the promotion / protection of child rights. The committee also reviewed Gabon’s implementation of other important legal instruments, such as the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography of children. As part of the process, a dialogue was held between the committee and the Gabonese delegation (composed of representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and National Solidarity, and the permanent Mission of Gabon to the United Nations office in Geneva).  To read the concluding observations on the second periodic review for Gabon visit this link:  http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2fGAB%2fCO%2f2&Lang=en                         

–Tori Larson