Children and Their Right to Enjoy Health: A Brief Report on the Monitoring Activities of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
Health and Human Rights: An International Journal
By signing on to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 191 out of 193 states recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (Article 24 CRC). These states have committed themselves to the full implementation of this right and to the undertaking of appropriate measures aimed at specific efforts, goals, or achievements. In this commentary I shall try to report on the activities of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (hereafter: the
... d (hereafter: the Committee) regarding monitoring of the implementation of Article 24 of the CRC. I will focus on the major activity of the Committee-the review of the reports submitted to it by States Parties. This activity, meant to examine the progress made by States Parties in the implementation of the CRC, generates Concluding Observations and Recommendations addressed to the State Party (see Articles 43 and 44 CRC). I will also include other activities of the Committee concerned with the full implementation of Article 24 of the CRC. Given space constraints, I will focus on the highlights of the Committee's monitoring activities and seek to acknowledge some of the difficulties the Committee has found in doing this work.' Jaap E. Doek is a professor of private law at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam; he holds a special chair on juvenile law at the University of Leiden. He is also a deputy judge in the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam and is chairperson for the Committee on the Rights of the Child. This contribution is written in his private capacity and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Committee.