We are making this submission with regard to three aspects of the Draft State Report.
C. Civil Rights and Freedoms (Arts. 7, 8, 13–17), Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion:
17. Please inform the Committee on the measures taken to ensure accessible options for
children to opt out of religious classes and access appropriate alternatives to such classes,
in accordance with the needs of children of minority faith or non-faith backgrounds.
G. Basic health and welfare (Arts. 6, 18 (3), 24, 26, 27 (1)–(3) and 33):
25(c) Ensure comprehensive, age-appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including information on family planning, contraceptives and the risks related to early pregnancies, as well as the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
H. Education, leisure and cultural activities (Arts. 28 – 31):
8(b) Assess the impact of the 2018 Education (Admission to Schools) Act in ensuring children’s right to education without discrimination, including in cases where admission can be denied on religious grounds;
28(c) Increase the availability of non-denominational and multi-denominational schools.
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