The election of Sara Oviedo, the first Ecuadorian woman to be a part of the Committee of Children´s Rights of the United Nations (2013-2017), made up of 18 members with moral prestige, is an international recognition to the politics and actions that the Ecuadorian Government carries out in benefit of integration, cohesion and social protection, specially of the vulnerable groups of society. It is also an achievement of Ecuador in foreign policy.
In a CRIN interview she declared about civil society organisations play a key role in the CRC monitoring process: “On a recent visit to Geneva, I realised the importance of civil society organisations…and how they support of the Committee’s work. I think that presence is really important, and [according to] Committee members themselves, its work would be very restricted without that presence”.
Morsolin interviews Sara Oviedo about children violence in Colombia.
National and International civil society are concerned that the peace process between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia People’s Army (FARC–EP) in Havana, still falls short of recognizing child soldiers as victims of the conflict.
“Despite recent efforts to include the issue of child soldiers in the negotiation, parties to the peace process should not turn a blind eye to the thousands of child soldiers who have yet to be recognized as victims and are entitled to effective remedies for the violation of their rights.” said Gilles-Philippe Pagé, Partnerships Program Officer at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (http://watchlist.org/watchlist-press-release-colombia-child-soldiers-risk-being-left-out-of-the-peace-process/).
The Committee on the Rights of the Child concluded on 21 January 2015 its consideration of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Colombia on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A UN Committee Expert commented on the Victims Unit which was providing care and support to all victims of the conflict, noting that this might not be the best approach given the different needs of different kinds of victims, for example demobilized child soldiers, victims of sexual violence, or displaced persons (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15499&LangID=E#sthash.bKZUv0nz.dpuf ).
Complete interview to Sara Oviedo:
Foto: Cristiano Morsolin and Sara Oviedo – Vice President of Committee of Children´s Rights of the United Nations in Palais Wilson – Geneve