Child Human Rights Defenders

Helping to strengthen the protection and empowerment of child human rights defenders worldwide.

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What do you know about Child Human Rights Defenders?

1. Child human rights defenders can act alongside adults who support them; they can also act on their own/with other children.
2. The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders lists the human rights for persons acting as defenders who are over-18 years of age.
3. Children have special rights as listed in an agreement among governments called the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognises that children often need more support and protection than adults, including when they act as human rights defenders.
4. Being a child human rights defender means when children are taking part in activities that put them at risk of danger.

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What you need to know about the CHRD Implementation Guide

A quick introduction to the CHRD Implementation Guide

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The child-friendly Implementation Guide

The child-friendly version of the Rights of CHRDs: Implementation Guide has been developed with Child Rights Connect’s Children’s Advisory Team and you can find out more about this Team and the child advisors here.

Donors and Partners

This website has been developed thanks to the support of the following donors and partners:

Irish Research Council



Child Human Rights Defender


Convention on the Rights of the Child


Children’s Rights Impact Assessment


Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Human Rights Defender


International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


National Human Rights Institution


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure


Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe


Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children 


Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

The Committee

Committee on the Rights of the Child 

The Declaration or DHRD

The United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

The Special Rapporteur

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders


United Nations