Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nevertheless some major law reforms, the implementation of children's rights still is a difficult one. One issue is the complex donor-recipient relationship with international NGOs. Five observations.
International surrogacy brings forth tensions between various interests, including those of the children. But what is the role of children in proceedings which touch upon their interests? Who can represent them?
International commercial surrogacy has been in the spotlight at the European Court of Human Rights recently. In its first judgments on this growing human rights issue, the Court leaves no confusion that the rights of the child must be put first.
The Additional Protocol to the Child Rights Convention offers children the opportunity to make complaints on violations of their rights before the Committee on the Rights of the Child. There is room for improvement to involve children in the procedure.