This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the CRC in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
The Children's Law explicitly requires the State to guarantee, as a minimum, the rights provided for in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which was incorporated into Egyptian law upon ratification. Despite this, the use of the CRC by courts has been limited. While there are a number of ways to lodge complaints about child rights violations, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has observed that there lacks an independent monitoring mechanism to receive and follow up on complaints that is readily accessible to children. Cases generally must be brought by a child's parent or guardian, NGOs cannot initiate court proceedings, and the availability of legal aid is limited to criminal matters.