ISS General Secretariat submitted two important documents to three treaty bodies that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties.
The first submission is a contribution to the General Comment on the rights of the child in the context of migration, currently drafted jointly by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. The document focuses on three profiles of children who are affected by the phenomenon of labour migration, namely children who migrate unaccompanied and separated from their parents, children who have been left behind by their parents or children who are potentially being returned or repatriated in their country of origin. For each children’s profile, it stresses the importance of existing international standards and safeguards, as provided by the Alternative Care Guidelines and the 1996 Hague Convention, and gives practical examples and promising practices that have been elaborate throughout the ISS network.
The second one is a contribution to the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to be held on 19th April 2016. The DGD will devote its fifteenth session on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently. Referring to the experience acquired through “A better future is possible” ISS project for children with disabilities in residential care, the ISS submission highlights four recommendations. The main aim is to overcome inequalities of services and promote access to a family environment as well as the right to live independently and to be included in the community.