Last week we participated in the digital hearing by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the situation of children‘s rights in Germany. International experts asked civil society representatives about how children‘s rights are implemented in Germany. It was a very intensive two-hour conversation.

Together with 17 organizations, we submitted a written statement to the Committee on this occasion. These are our central demands to the federal government to better protect and enforce children’s rights:

The loopholes in the tobacco advertising ban must be closed.

  • Ban on advertising at the point of sale
  • Ban on promotion
  • Ban on sponsorship

Tobacco taxes must be raised on a regular basis.

  • Annual increase of 10% as the most effective measure to reduce smoking

The government must develop a comprehensive strategy to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco.

  • with a definite target
  • with a firm timetable
  • with specific milestones

The government must adopt an effective due diligence law for companies in Germany.

In a few weeks, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will address its questions to the German government. We are curious to see what the experts will ask.