This submission represents the views of CRIN on the proposed draft general comment No. 5 by the UN Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, on article 19 of the Convention. These comments focus on the sections of the general comment that specifically address or impact on the rights of children with disabilities in the context of living independently and being included in the community.
All human rights apply to children. They must be allowed to express their views and be heard in all matters that affect their lives, in particular when it comes to deciding about where and with whom and how to live.
CRIN argues that detention of children in institutions is detrimental to their development and that institutionalisation constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and sometimes amounts to torture.