The 31st Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) is underway in Mali and was officially opened on 23 April 2018, by Minister of Human Rights Mme Kadidia Sangaré Coulibaly.
The ACERWC holds Ordinary Session twice a year- March or April and November where States parties reports, CSOs complementary reports, communications, request for investigation and other requests submitted before the Committee will be examined.
The ACERWC draws its mandate from articles 32-46 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which was adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the OAU on 11th July 1990 and came into force on 29th November 1999.
The Charter provides for the Establishment of an African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child consisting of 11 members.
The Committee will seat in Session until 4 May, 2018, in Bamako Mali. State Party reports from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, and Niger will be considered. Complementary reports from Civil Society Organisations from Mauritania, Nigeria, and Zambia will also be considered.
Key moments of the Session include the launch of the ACHPR-ACERWC Joint General Comment on Ending Child Marriage, discussions on General Comment on Article 1 of the Charter (General measures of implementation).
A number of decisions on pending communications/complaints cases are also expected during this session.