|The recommendations of the National Alliance for the rights of the child have been taken into consideration by the National Commission for the Rights of the Child in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia In the period from the 23rd of December 2008 to 1st of December 2009, the Alternative reports were being prepared by the National Alliance for Children’s rights (Coalition consisted of 21 non-governmental organizations and 2 non-governmental coalitions). Four Alternative reports were made:|
Alternative Report of the nongovernmental organizations to the Second Periodical Report of the Republic of Macedonia to the Convention on Children’s Rights
· Alternative report of the non-profit organizations to the Initial Report of Republic of Macedonia after the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
· Alternative report of the nongovernmental organizations to the Initial Report of the Republic of Macedonia under the Optional Protocol towards the Convention on Children’s Rights on involvement of children in armed conflicts
· Children’s Alternative report – made by the children
These reports were presented on the 54th pre-session in front of the Committee for the rights of the child of UN on the 3rd of February 2010 in Geneva.
The Alternative report contains a large number of problems that the children in Macedonia encounter and recommendations to surpass them. Besides the general problems and recommendations that the report contains, a lot of specific problems are elaborated, whose solving depends on the level of protection and realization of the rights of the children.
The National Commission for the rights of the child will have its tenth session on the 25th of March 2010, and the following are some of the main issues from the agenda that will be covered on that session:
1. Suggestions for improving the work of the National Commission for the Rights of the Child in the Republic of Macedonia
1.1. Giving the right to decide to the civil organizations representatives who participate in the work of the National Commission
1.2. Active involvement of children in the work of the National Commission
1.3. Increasing the number of civil organizations that participate in the work of the National Commission
1.4. Greater transparency of the National Commission
1.5. More active role of the National Commission in the process of creating policies related to children's rights
This shows that all our recommendations from the Alternative report were taken into consideration. This is important because changes are being made and the Government wants to improve the situation with the rights of the child before it sends its delegation to Geneva.