As world leaders gathered in New York yesterday, Ireland and Monaco took the opportunity to ratify and accede to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC).

Ireland has moved quickly to ratify OP3 CRC, following its announcement last week that it intended to do so. At the time, the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said, “the Protocol will reinforce and complement national mechanisms allowing children to submit complaints for violations of their rights. It is right that children in Ireland should have the same facility to access this new UNCRC rights mechanism as their counterparts in other participating countries.”

OP3 CRC will come into force for both States on 24 December 2014, allowing children and their representatives to bring complaints about any violations of their rights that happen after that date.

Ireland and Monaco have joined the 11 other States that have already ratified the complaints mechanism: Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand. A further 36 States have signed OP3 CRC, indicating their support and intention to ratify the Protocol.

You can track the latest ratification news through our ratification around the world home page.