The general comment is structured according to the distinction made by the Committee between the right to be heard of an individual child and the right to be heard as applied to a group of children (e.g. a class of schoolchildren, the children in a neighbourhood, the children of a country, children with disabilities, or girls). This is a relevant distinction because the Convention stipulates that States parties must assure the right of the child to be heard according to the age and maturity of the child (see the following legal analysis of paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 12).
Non-negotiated soft law
Committee on the Rights of the Child
General Comment / Recommendation
Means of adoption
Civil & Political Rights
Governance & Rule of Law
Persons with disabilities
CRC General Comment No. 12, The right of the child to be heard (2009), para. 9.