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UN committee re-affirms adolescents’ autonomy, reproductive self-determination and capacity to access sexual and reproductive health services and information
by Parakum Jayasinghe
March 10, 2017

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties, has adopted a new General Comment on Adolescents.

The General Comment comes under No. 20 (2016) on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence.

The CRC has reaffirmed principles of adolescents’ autonomy, reproductive self-determination and capacity to access sexual and reproductive health services and information:

CRC Calls for States to consider introducing a legal presumption of capacity for adolescents to “seek and have access to preventative or time-sensitive sexual and reproductive health commodities and services” and to ensure that “adolescents have the right to access confidential medical counselling and advice without the consent of a parent or guardian, irrespective of age.”

“There should be no barriers to commodities, information and counselling on sexual and reproductive health and rights, such as requirements for third-party consent or authorization,” CRC  highlights.

CRC urges States to decriminalize abortion to ensure that girls have access to safe abortion and post-abortion services,. It also urges states review legislation with a view to guaranteeing the best interests of pregnant adolescents and ensure that their views are always heard and respected in abortion-related decisions.”
 
The full general comment can be found here.

Sri Lanka has ratified 13 of the 18 international human rights treaties. Click HERE for the list of international human rights treaties and optional protocols.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations by its resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989.

 

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