Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

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Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
Abbreviation CCRC
Formation 1989
Type NGO
Legal status Coalition
Purpose To advocate for children's rights
Region served
Official language
Affiliations UNICEF Canada

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is one of Canada's foremost national children's rights advocacy groups, dating back to 1989.[1] The coalition consists of more than fifty non-governmental organizations.[2] In 1991, the Canadian Children's Rights Council adopted the same acronym as the coalition.[3] The CCRC released a report in 1999 called "How Does Canada Measure Up?" which criticized the way children were treated in the country, specifically focusing on children with disabilities.[4] In 2003, the Government of Canada consulted the CCRC on the country's adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).[5] The CCRC published a shortened version of the CRC and disseminated it among Canadian youth in order to promote this international human rights instrument.[6] The CCRC hosted a forum called "Children: Silenced Citizens?" in 2007 to discuss the CRC.[7] The CCRC submitted a plea on behalf of Omar Khadr in the 2009 legal case Prime Minister of Canada et al. v. Omar Ahmed Khadr.[8] In 2010, the CCRC collaborated with YOUCAN and UNICEF Canada to produce a brochure to inform Canadian youth about the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.[9] In 2011, the CCRC submitted a report called "Right in Principle, Right in Practice" to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, making recommendations about how to improve Canadian public policy regarding children's rights.[10]


  1. ^ Robert Brian Howe (2007). Katherine Covell, Robert Brian Howe, eds. "Introduction". A Question of Commitment: Children's Rights in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press: 16. ISBN 155458003X. 
  2. ^ Susie Veroff (2008). Irving Epstein, Leslie Limage, eds. "Canada". The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide. Greenwood Publishing Group: 93. ISBN 0313336172. 
  3. ^ Erica Burman (2008). Deconstructing Developmental Psychology. Routledge. p. 170. ISBN 0415395615. 
  4. ^ Michael J. Prince (2006). Jeff Keshen, Raymond Benjamin Blake, eds. "Canadian Disability Policy: Still a Hit-and-Miss Affair". Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt: The Development of Social Policy in Canada. University of Toronto Press: 440. ISBN 1551115441. 
  5. ^ Children and International Human Rights Law. Routledge. 2013. p. 345. ISBN 1135085196. 
  6. ^ Christof H. Heyns; Frans Viljoen (2002). The Impact of the United Nations Human Rights Treaties on the Domestic Level. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 123. ISBN 9041117199. 
  7. ^ Paula Reid (December 27, 2007). "Unhappy birthday for youth rights". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Aaron Wherry (November 13, 2009). "The Commons: 'This is an exceptional case'". Maclean's. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ J. Marshall Beier. The Militarization of Childhood. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 4. ISBN 113700214X. 
  10. ^ "Report on Children's Rights in Canada Released Today". Digital Journal. November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2013.