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Recommendation on young people’s access to rights

Adopted on: 28 September 2016
Reference number: CM/Rec(2016)7 Adopted by: Committee of Ministers
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This recommendation calls on member states to adopt a human rights-based approach to ensuring young people’s access to rights in order to empower people to know and claim their rights and increases the ability of individuals and institutions to take responsibility for respecting, protecting and fulfilling rights. It also asks the member states to establish or develop youth policies that more effectively facilitate young people’s access to rights. The document includes eight recommendations and is followed by an appendix that sets out the scope and purpose of the recommendation, the underpinning principles and lists a range of measures for member states to consider when reviewing the situation in their country and deciding on what new measures to adopt. These measures include: addressing discriminatory practices; removing legal and practical obstacles to the right of young people to assemble peacefully and join associations; establishing or developing youth policies to promote and facilitate access; taking a co-ordinated approach to improving young people’s access to rights with co-operation across all relevant policy areas at national, regional and local levels; a range of measures to be considered by member states when formulating and implementing policies and programmes to promote and facilitate young people’s access to rights; ensuring that the recommendation is disseminated among competent authorities and stakeholders; monitoring implementation and follow-up of the recommendation by the Committee of Ministers. The document underlines that youth organisations and youth work have a critical role to play in ensuring young people’s access to rights and supporting young people to be active citizens, therefore all forms of youth participation should be supported by authorities on different levels. The explanatory memorandum explains the purpose, the drafting process and the content of the recommendation.

Youth specific: Yes

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