Lebanon (CRC 22-06-2017)
The Committee considered the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Lebanon (CRC/C/LBN/4-5) at its 2201st and 2202nd meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2201 and 2202), held on 18 and 19 May 2017, and adopted the present concluding observations at its
2221st meeting (see CRC/C/SR.2221), held on 2 June 2017.
C. General principles (arts. 2, 3, 6 and 12)
Respect for the views of the child
- While noting the various initiatives of the High Council for Childhood in this regard, including the institutionalization of the National Youth Parliament, the Committee, in line with its general comment No. 12 (2009) on the right of the child to be heard, recommends that the State party:
(a) Continue to take measures to ensure the effective implementation of legislation recognizing the right of the child to be heard in relevant legal and administrative proceedings, including by establishing systems and/or procedures for social workers and courts to comply with the principle;
(b) Conduct research to identify the issues that are most important to children, to hear their views on those issues and to find out how effectively their voices are heard in family decisions affecting them;
(c) Develop toolkits for public consultation on national policy development to standardize such consultation ensuring inclusiveness and participation, including consulting with children on issues that affect them;
(d) Conduct programmes and awareness-raising activities to promote the meaningful and empowered participation of all children within the family, community and schools, including within student council bodies, with particular attention to girls and children in vulnerable situations;
(e) Promote inclusive participation in the Lebanese National Youth Parliament by ensuring that eligible children from all communities, children in situations of poverty, refugee children, children with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children are able to participate fully, and provide the Lebanese National Youth Parliament with adequate support and resources.