Federal Minister Kurz: "Clear Austrian commitment for unlimited children's rights"

Revocation of all Austrian reservations to the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child

Vienna, 28 September 2015 - “The revocation of all Austrian reservations is a decisive step towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN-Convention on the rights of the child in Austria” lauded Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, who undertook the formal revocation personally at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today.

Through revoking the meanwhile obsolete reservations, which were connected to freedom of expression of children as well as freedom of information-, assembly- and association, Austria now is fully bound to the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Austria, with a long history of full commitment to the protection of minors in her human rights policy, sets a new visible signal for the universal protection of children’s rights by revoking the reservations and with this step also complies with the UN-Committee for the Rights of the Child’s recommendations.

The UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN-General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and has 195 parties to the convention.