On 4th February, 2016, Italy became the 26th State party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (the Protocol, OP3 CRC). The Protocol will enter into force on 4th May, 2016.
Italy joins Peru, France, and Luxembourg in ratifying the Protocol this year.
OP3 CRC was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19th December, 2011 and entered into force on 14th April, 2014. It allows the Committee on the Rights of the Child to accept complaints from children, groups of children or their representatives against any State that has ratified OP3 CRC. The Committee is also able to launch investigations into grave or systematic violations of children’s rights and States are able to bring complaints against each other, if both have accepted the procedure.
A list of State parties to the OP3 CRC can be found here.
Read the Convention on the Rights of the Child.