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CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 33

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Consult children on the voting age. If lowered, strengthen human rights education and early awareness of rights and active citizenship.


Original UN recommendation

The Committee encourages the State party and devolved administrations to conduct consultations with children on the voting age. Should the voting age be lowered, the Committee recommends that the State party ensure that it is supported by active citizenship and human rights education in order to ensure early awareness of children that rights are to be exercised as part of citizenship, with autonomy and responsibility, and that the measure does not lend itself to undue influence.

Date of UN examination

23/05/2016

UN article number

12 (respect for the views of the child)

Last updated on 08/10/2019