New book out: Monitoring Children’s Rights in Netherlands

Ton Liefaard, Stephanie Rap and Peter Rodrigues have edited the book Monitoring Children’s Rights in the Netherlands. 30 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Leiden University Press)

This book is the first volume of a new, bi-annual academic series on the monitoring of children’s rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The series provides insight into the state of children in the Netherlands, the implementation of children’s rights as laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and developments in this regard over the years.

In the past 30 years the CRC has had an increasing impact on domestic jurisdictions, including the Netherlands, in a wide variety of ways: through legislation, policies, NGO activities and monitoring. This series aims to capture that development and, in doing so, to make a contribution to the furthering of the understanding of the dynamic around children’s rights’ implementation and monitoring, with a particular focus on the Netherlands.

This first volume pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the CRC and includes a report on the rights of children in the Netherlands, presenting key facts and figures relating to the rights of children (by Prof. Ton Liefaard, Dr. Stephanie Rap and Prof. Peter Rodrigues and in collaboration with Dr. Francis van der Mooren (Statistics Netherlands, CBS)).

The report shows that there are significant concerns relating to discrimination, exclusion and disparities in the implementation of children’s rights in the Netherlands. It also shows that there are reasons for concern with regard to the protection of children against violence, including child abuse and neglect. Children living in poverty are disproportionately affected by this. Moreover, children’s participation rights have increasingly received attention in the past years.

The book also includes an editorial by Prof. Ann Skelton (University of Pretoria and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child) highlighting the significance of children’s rights monitoring, and an in-depth study on the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its implications for children’s rights (by Prof. Simone van der Hof, Dr. Eva Lievens and Ingrida Milkaite).

The book can be ordered here.

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