ICMC submits report to OHCHR on protecting the rights of unaccompanied minors

Refugee children learn about essential hygiene practices, including handwashing, in camp Naguman.Refugee children learn about essential hygiene practices, including handwashing, in camp Naguman. Photo: ICMC/ C. De Luca Geneva, 15 September 2017 - ICMC recently submitted a report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on its activities and recommendations for the protection of unaccompanied minors and child refugees. The OHCHR's report for the forthcoming Human Rights Council meeting on protecting the rights of refugee children in humanitarian situations will reference ICMC's practices and recommendations.

The following report presents examples of ongoing ICMC health, education and protection practices that aim to protect children’s rights in humanitarian contexts, especially in the context of migration. ICMC's approach seeks to protect the rights of children on the move by providing multidimensional care responding to children’s simultaneous, interconnected needs.

ICMC protects the rights of the child by providing health and hygiene education, psychological support to sexual- and gender-based violence survivors, and overall protection for unaccompanied children fleeing conflict. The organization also actively advocates for expanding safe legal channels for regular migration and for ensuring that children's best interests are always of primary concern and consideration.